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KANGXI_S1419_H5_25-27.JPG
Schjöth 1419, Hartill 5.25-27 (Hartill 5.25) Type A1.1, KM 311.194 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash, 1662-1683, Board of Revenue mint (in Beijing), 27 mm.

Cast Bronze (officially 60% copper and 40% zinc, but actually on average 67.4% copper, 21.9 % zinc, 7.0 % lead, 1.8 % tin, etc.), nominal weight 1.4 qian = 5.22 grams (but generally 4.2-5.0 grams).

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo Chiowan to the left and right.

Type A is comprised of coins with a seven stroke bei, two dot tong, and with a zigzag at the bottom of the tong radical. Those within subtype A1.1 are larger well-made coins with an actual weight of 4 grams or more and a diameter over 26 mm.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1419_H5_28-29.JPG
Schjöth 1419, Hartill 5.28-29 Type A1.2, KM --38 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash, 1680s [?], Board of Revenue mint (in Beijing), 23.5 mm.

Cast Bronze (officially 60% copper and 40% zinc, but actually on average 67.4% copper, 21.9 % zinc, 7.0 % lead, 1.8 % tin, etc.), nominal weight 1.0 qian = (3.73 grams).

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo Chiowan to the left and right.

Type A is comprised of coins with a seven stroke bei, two dot tong, and with a zigzag at the bottom of the tong radical. Those within subtype A1.2 are smaller well-made coins with an actual weight under 4 grams and a diameter under 25 mm.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1419_H5_30.JPG
Schjöth 1419, Hartill 5.30 Type B1, KM --36 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash, 1680[?]-1690s [?], Board of Revenue mint (in Beijing), 23.5 mm.

Cast Bronze (officially 60% copper and 40% zinc, but actually on average 60.7% copper, 30.1 % zinc, 6.6 % lead, 1.3 % tin, etc.), nominal weight 1.0 qian = (3.73 grams) but an actual weight of 3.4 grams or less.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo Chiowan to the left and right.

Type B1 is comprised of small crudely-made coins with a closed tong head and a cursive chiowan. Type B coins do not lend themselves to easy classification.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1419_H5_32-33.JPG
Schjöth 1419, Hartill 5.32-33 Type B3, KM --28 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash, 1680[?]-1690s [?], Board of Revenue mint (in Beijing), 22.5 mm.

Cast Bronze (officially 60% copper and 40% zinc, but actually on average 60.7% copper, 30.1 % zinc, 6.6 % lead, 1.3 % tin, etc.), nominal weight 1.0 qian = (3.73 grams) but an actual weight of 3.4 grams or less.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo Chiowan to the left and right.

Type B3 is comprised of coins small crudely-made coins with a broad bei and a one dot tong. Type B coins do not lend themselves to easy classification.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1419_H5_34-38.JPG
Schjöth 1419, Hartill 5.34-38 Type B4, KM --22 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash, 1680[?]-1690s[?], Board of Revenue mint (in Beijing), 23 mm.

Cast Bronze (officially 60% copper and 40% zinc, but actually on average 60.7% copper, 30.1 % zinc, 6.6 % lead, 1.3 % tin, etc.), nominal weight 1.0 qian = (3.73 grams) but an actual weight of 3.4 grams or less.

Obv: Kangzxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo Chiowan to the left and right.

Type B4 is comprised of small crudely-made coins with a broad bei and a square headed tong, right protruding, normally with a protruding head boo. Type B coins do not lend themselves to easy classification.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1419_H5_41.JPG
Schjöth 1419, Hartill 5.40-41 Type C1.1, KM --33 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash, 1690s[?], Board of Revenue mint (in Beijing), 23 mm.

Cast Bronze (officially 60% copper and 40% zinc, but actually on average 61.9% copper, 35.9 % zinc, 1.2 % lead, etc.), nominal weight 1.4 qian = (5.22 grams) but an actual weight of 4.2-5.0 grams, except for underweight coins, such as this, weighing under 4 grams.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo Chiowan to the left and right.

Type C1.1 is comprised of small coins weighing under 4 grams and a diameter under 25 mm, with a six stroke bei, a two dot tong, and a curved left-hand stroke of xi.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1419_H5_45.JPG
Schjöth 1419, Hartill 5.45-47 Type D2, KM 311.1a31 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash, 1714-1722, Board of Revenue mint (in Beijing), 25.5 mm.

Cast Bronze (officially 60% copper and 40% zinc, but actually on average 61.9% copper, 35.9 % zinc, 1.2 % lead, etc.), nominal weight 1.4 qian = (5.22 grams) but an actual weight of 4.2-5.0 grams.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo Chiowan to the left and right.

Type D2 is comprised of coins with a seven stroke bei, a one dot tong, broad rims and a xi in the normal Kangxi style.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1421_H6_20.JPG
Schjöth 1421, Hartill 6.20 Type A1.1, KM 312.138 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1662-1683, Board of Works mint (in Beijing), 28 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo yuwan.

Type A is comprised of coins with a seven stroke bei, two dot tong, and a zigzagged bottom of the tong radical. Type A1.1 is comprised of large, well made coins weighing 4 grams or more and a diameter over 26 mm.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1421_H6_25-28.JPG
Schjöth 1421, Hartill 6.25-28 Type B, KM 312.128 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1680s [?]-1690s [?], Board of Works mint (in Beijing), 23 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo yuwan.

Type B is comprised of smaller coins with a broad bei and a crude style. They have a nominal weight of 1.0 qian (= 3.73 grams), and an actual weight of 3.4 grams or less.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1421_H6_32-34.JPG
Schjöth 1421, Hartill 6.32-34 Type D2, KM 312.246 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1714-1722, Board of Works mint (in Beijing), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Boo yuwan.

Type D is comprised of coins with a seven stroke bei, two dot tong, and a broad rim.

Hartill rarity 10
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KANGXI_S1424_H9_3-4.JPG
Schjöth 1424, Hartill 9.3-4 Type 1, KM 31920 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Fujian province (in Fuzhou), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Fu (in Manchurian) to the left, fu (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong, a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8
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KANGXI_S1425_H20_25__2.JPG
Schjöth 1425, Hartill 20.25 Type 1, KM 320.124 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Shandong province (Linqing mint), 26 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Lin (in Manchurian) to the left, lin (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong, a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 9
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KANGXI_S1426_H20_5.JPG
Schjöth 1426, Hartill 20. 5 Type 1, KM 32125 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Shandong province (Jinan mint), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Dung (in Manchurian) to the left, dong (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a one dot tong, a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 9
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KANGXI_S1427_H18_3.JPG
Schjöth 1427, Hartill 18.3 Type 1.1, KM 32217 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Jiangxi province (in Nanchang), 26 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Giyang (in Manchurian) to the left, jiang (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1.1 is comprised of coins with a one dot tong, a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 9
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KANGXI_S1427_H18_4-5.JPG
Schjöth 1427, Hartill 18.4-5 Type 1.2, KM 322 var.13 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Jiangxi province (in Nanchang), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Giyang (in Manchurian) to the left, jiang (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1.2 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong, a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8
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KANGXI_S1428_H27_134.JPG
Schjöth 1428, Hartill 27.134 Type 1, KM 32315 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1671, Zhili province (Xuanhua mint), 28 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Siowan (in Manchurian) to the left, Xuan (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams).

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8
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KANGXI_S_1429_H_21_15-17.JPG
Schjöth 1429, Hartill (QC) 21.15-17 Type 1.2, Hartill (CCC) 22.127, KM 324 19 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Shanxi province (Taiyuan mint), 26 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Yuwan (in Manchurian) to the left, yuan (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1.2 is comprised of coins with a closed head and a two dot tong, a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8
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KANGXI_S1429_H21_14.JPG
Schjöth 1429, Hartill 21.14 Type 1.1, KM 324 var.23 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Shanxi province (Taiyuan mint), 26 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Yuwan (in Manchurian) to the left, yuan (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1.1 is comprised of coins with a square head and a one dot tong, a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8
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KANGXI_S1430_H17_50.JPG
Schjöth 1430, Hartill 17.50 Type 1, KM 32513 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1668-1670, Jiangsu province (Suzhou mint), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Su (in Manchurian) to the left, su (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong, and a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams).

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 9
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KANGXI_S1431_H27_64-65.JPG
Schjöth 1431, Hartill 27.64-65 Type 1, KM 32614 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Zhili province (Jizhou mint), 27.5 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Gi (in Manchurian) to the left, ji (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 (the only type at this mint issued by Kangxi) is comprised of coins with a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams).

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8
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KANGXI_S1432_H15_13-14.JPG
Schjöth 1432, Hartill 15.13-14 Type 1.1, KM 32714 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Hubei province (Wuchang mint), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Chang (in Manchurian) to the left, chang (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1.1 is comprised of coins with a one dot and closed head tong, a cursive chang, and a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 9
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KANGXI_S1432_H15_15-16.JPG
Schjöth 1432, Hartill 15.15-16 Type 1.2, KM 327 var.18 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Hubei province (Wuchang mint), 26 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Chang (in Manchurian) to the left, chang (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1.2 is comprised of coins with a one dot and square head tong, a printed style chang, and a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8
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KANGXI_S1433_H17_7-10.JPG
Schjöth 1433, Hartill 17.7-10 Type 1, KM 32819 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1661-1670, Jiangsu province (Jiangning mint), 27.5 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Ning (in Manchurian) to the left, ning (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with two dots and a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams).

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 9
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KANGXI_S1434_H14_6-7.JPG
Schjöth 1434, Hartill 14.6-7 Type 1.1, KM 32911 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670[?], Henan province (in Kaifeng), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: He (in Manchurian) to the left, he (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1.1 is comprised of coins with a protruding head and a one dot tong and a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams).

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 9
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KANGXI_S1437_H_26_6-7__.JPG
Schjöth 1437, Hartill 26.6-7 Type 1, KM 33218 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1674, Zhejiang province (in Hangzhou), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Je (in Manchurian) to the left, zhe (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong and a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams). They are large, well-made coins.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 9 (QC) & 15 (CCC).
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Schjöth 1441, Hartill (QC) 25.8-9 Type 3.2, Hartill (CCC) 22.134, KM 336 var.17 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1682-1689, Yunnan Province (Yūn mint name), Dongchuan old mint, 24 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Yūn (in Manchurian) to the left, yun (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 3.2 is comprised of coins in which a component of kang is written with the middle horizontal stroke protruding, and in which the lines in the middle of a component of yun are written like a cross. They have a nominal weight of 1.0 qian (= 3.73 grams), and a diameter under 26 mm. Type 3.2 coins have a small head of tong, and the yūn is touching the rim.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8
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KANGXI_S1442_H9_90-92.JPG
Schjöth 1442, Hartill 9.90-92 Type 1, KM 144243 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1680-1683, Fujian province (Zhangjou mint), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Jang (in Manchurian) to the left, zhang (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong and a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams).

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 7
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Schjöth --, Hartill Type 2.2 (QC) 11.4-5 and (CCC) 22.104, KM --8 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1695 [?]-1703 [?], Guangdong Province, Guangzhou mint,3.33 g., 24.07 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Guwang (in Manchurian) to the left, guang (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 2 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong and a nominal weight of 1 qian (= 3.73 grams) and a diameter under 26 mm. They are red copper.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8 (QC) and 15 (CCC).
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KANGXI_S1436_H11_2-3.JPG
Schjöth 1436, Hartill 11.2-3 Type 2 (QC) & 22.103 (CCC), KM 331.140 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1686 [?]-1692 [?], Guangdong province (Guangzhou or Zhaoqing mint), 27 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Guwang (in Manchurian) to the left, guang (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 2 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong and a nominal weight of 1 qian (= 3.73 grams). They exhibit local workmanship.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 8 (QC) & 15 (CCC)
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Schjöth 1437, Hartill 26.6-7 Type 1 (QC) & 22.137, KM 33242 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1674, Zhejiang province (in Hangzhou), 26 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Je (in Manchurian) to the left, zhe (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins with a two dot tong and a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams). They are large, well-made coins.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 9 (QC) & 15 (CCC).
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Schjöth 1441, Hartill Type 1 (QC) 25.3 and (CCC) 22.131, KM 336 var.6 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1667-1670, Yunnan Province (Yūn mint name), 4.06 g., 27.69 mm.

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Yūn (in Manchurian) to the left, yun (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 1 is comprised of coins in which a component of kang is written without the middle horizontal stroke protruding, and in which the lines in the middle of a component of yun are written horizontally. They have a nominal weight of 1.4 qian (= 5.22 grams), and a diameter over 26 mm.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 7 (QC) and 12 (CCC).
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Kang_Xi_Schjoth_1441_Hartill_25_8-9.jpg
Schjöth 1441, Hartill Type 3.2 (QC) 25.8-9 and (CCC) 22.134, KM 336 var.7 viewsKangxi (1662-1722)

1 cash (cast brass), 1682-1689, Yunnan Province (Yūn mint name), 2.72 g., 21.68 mm. (undersized for type)

Obv: Kangxi tongbao.

Rev: Yūn (in Manchurian) to the left, yun (in Chinese) to the right.

Type 3 is comprised of coins in which a component of kang is written without the middle horizontal stroke protruding, and in which the lines in the middle of a component of yun is written like a cross. They have a nominal weight of 1.0 qian (= 3.73 grams), and a diameter under 26 mm. Subtype 3.2 has a small head of tong and yūn touching the rim.

This is one of a series of twenty coins known as “poem” coins (shi qian), which, according to folklore, have talismanic qualities when placed together. The coins were put in a specific order in which the mint names formed a “poem.” The poem did not have a particular meaning, but rhymed according to the rules of classical Chinese poetry.

Hartill rarity 7 (QC) and 14 (CCC).
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