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China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Hui Zong, 1101 - 1126 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Hui| |Zong,| |1101| |-| |1126| |A.D.||10| |cash|
"Round as the heavens, square as the earth," is a Chinese saying used to metaphorically describe the fabric of the coins. On the practical side, it was discovered very early that a square hole fit a square shaft, which enabled a stacked quantity of coins to be turned on a lathe to remove casting irregularities.

The slender gold script was the personal calligraphy style of the Emperor Hui Zong.
Huizong
CH110837. Bronze 10 cash, Gorny NS 33. Hartill 16.400, Schjoth 621, Fisher 1040, VF, attractive blue-green patina, weight 11.375 g, maximum diameter 34.71 mm, die axis 0o, 1102 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Chong Ning tong bao, clockwise, slender gold script; reverse plain; $55.00 (55.55)


China, Warring States, Chu Kingdom, c. 476 - 221 B.C., Ghost Face Money

|China|, |China,| |Warring| |States,| |Chu| |Kingdom,| |c.| |476| |-| |221| |B.C.,| |Ghost| |Face| |Money||cowrie|
This cowrie form is nicknamed Ant Nose Money and the specific type is nicknamed the Ghost Face Coin. The "face" is actually the characters "Gui Lian Qian." David Hartill notes, "They have been found in areas to the south of the Yellow River corresponding to the State of Chu in the Warring States period. One hoard was of some 16,000 pieces. Their weight is very variable, and their alloy often contains a high proportion of lead."
CH110834. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.4, Schjoth 15-17, Fisher 4, VF, earthen deposits, light edge chipping, weight 1.483 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 0o, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse Gui Lian Qian (ghost face money); reverse plain; $40.00 (40.40)


China, Warring States, Chu Kingdom, c. 476 - 221 B.C., Ghost Face Money

|China|, |China,| |Warring| |States,| |Chu| |Kingdom,| |c.| |476| |-| |221| |B.C.,| |Ghost| |Face| |Money||cowrie|
This cowrie form is nicknamed Ant Nose Money and the specific type is nicknamed the Ghost Face Coin. The "face" is actually the characters "Gui Lian Qian." David Hartill notes, "They have been found in areas to the south of the Yellow River corresponding to the State of Chu in the Warring States period. One hoard was of some 16,000 pieces. Their weight is very variable, and their alloy often contains a high proportion of lead."
CH110835. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.4, Schjoth 15-17, Fisher 4, VF, earthen deposits, weight 1.987 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 0o, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse Gui Lian Qian (ghost face money); reverse plain; $40.00 (40.40)


China, Warring States, Chu Kingdom, c. 476 - 221 B.C., Ghost Face Money

|China|, |China,| |Warring| |States,| |Chu| |Kingdom,| |c.| |476| |-| |221| |B.C.,| |Ghost| |Face| |Money||cowrie|
This cowrie form is nicknamed Ant Nose Money and the specific type is nicknamed the Ghost Face Coin. The "face" is actually the characters "Gui Lian Qian." David Hartill notes, "They have been found in areas to the south of the Yellow River corresponding to the State of Chu in the Warring States period. One hoard was of some 16,000 pieces. Their weight is very variable, and their alloy often contains a high proportion of lead."
CH110833. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.4, Schjoth 15-17, Fisher 4, aVF, earthen deposits, weight 2.020 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse Gui Lian Qian (ghost face money); reverse plain; $35.00 (35.35)


China, Jin Dynasty, Emperor Wan Yan Liang, 1149 - 1161 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Jin| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Wan| |Yan| |Liang,| |1149| |-| |1161| |A.D.||1| |cash|
The Jin dynasty, the Great Jin, ruled north eastern China 1115 to 1234. Its name is sometimes written as Kin, Jurchen Jin or Jinn to differentiate it from an earlier Chinese dynasty with the same name. Its rulers were Jurchen. After vanquishing the Liao, the Jin launched an over one hundred-year struggle against the Song dynasty, in southern China. Over the course of their rule, the Jurchens of Jin adapted to Chinese customs. They fortified the Great Wall but the Mongols invaded under Genghis Khan in 1211 and inflicted catastrophic defeats. The Jin seemed to suffer a never-ending wave of defeats, revolts, defections, and coups, but proved tenacious. The Jin finally succumbed to Mongol conquest 23 years later in 1234.Great_Jin
CH110838. Bronze 1 cash, Hartill 18.40, Schjoth 1083, Fisher 1637, VF, colorful patina, earthen deposits, rough hole, weight 3.707 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1158 - 1161 A.D.; obverse Zheng Long yuan bao, 4 stroke Zheng; reverse plain; scarce; $30.00 (30.30)


Korea, Choson (Yi) Dynasty, 1392 - 1910

|Korea|, |Korea,| |Choson| |(Yi)| |Dynasty,| |1392| |-| |1910||1| |mun|
Beginning in 1633 A.D., during the reign of King Injo, the famine relief "Stabilization Office" (Sangpyongchong) began to cast coins using the first two characters of the office name (sang pyong) in the inscription (sang pyong tong bo), meaning "always even universal currency." Sang pyong tong bo coins were cast from 1633 to 1891 and circulated for over 300 years. Numerous government offices and military mints produced the coins as a source of funding, and many were also privately cast. The places indicated by the mintmark were not necessarily the actual mint; they were offices granted the right of coinage. They may have been minted for the office at another location.
KO110411. Copper 1 mun, Velde-Hartill type 20.1.2, SCWC KM 175, CKCB 18.262, Craig LCC 20, aVF, light deposits and encrustations, mold error on rev. on Hye (3 straight lines), weight 3.218 g, maximum diameter 24.42 mm, die axis 0o, Seoul, Board of Revenue mint, 1806; obverse Sang Pyong Tong Bo (always even universal currency), one dot tong, hooks on pyong; reverse Hye (Rice and Cloth Department) mintmark above, Sam (three) below; $22.00 (22.22)


Japan, Bunkyu Eiho, Edo Period, 1863 - 1868

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Bunkyu| |Eiho,| |Edo| |Period,| |1863| |-| |1868||4| |mon|
The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, were produced. Bunkyu Eiho (eternally circulating treasure of the Bunkyu Era) were mostly made out of old 1 mon coins and contain no zinc. The cursive script was written by the court councilor Itakura Katsuyoshi.
JA110396. Bronze 4 mon, Hartill EJC 5.17, Jacobs-Vermeule K902, SCWC KM C 6a, JNDA 138.2, VF, scrapes (normal for the type), weight 3.959 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 0o, Asakusa and Kosuge mint, 1863 - 1868; obverse bun kyu ei ho, so bun (cursive) script, wide rim on hole; reverse 11 waves; $16.00 (16.16)


Japan, Bunkyu Eiho, Edo Period, 1863 - 1868

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Bunkyu| |Eiho,| |Edo| |Period,| |1863| |-| |1868||4| |mon|
The very first four mon coins, issued in 1768, had 21 waves on the reverse. Later four mon coins, all with 11 waves on the reverse, were produced. Bunkyu Eiho (eternally circulating treasure of the Bunkyu Era) were mostly made out of old 1 mon coins and contain no zinc. The cursive script was written by the court councilor Itakura Katsuyoshi.
JA110397. Bronze 4 mon, Hartill EJC 5.17, Jacobs-Vermeule K902, SCWC KM C 6a, JNDA 138.2, VF, scrapes (normal for the type), dark patina, trace deposits, weight 4.536 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 0o, Asakusa and Kosuge mint, 1863 - 1868; obverse bun kyu ei ho, so bun (cursive) script, wide rim on hole; reverse 11 waves; $16.00 (16.16)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Hui Zong, 1100 - 1125 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Hui| |Zong,| |1100| |-| |1125| |A.D.||2| |cash|
Huizong, one of the most famous Song Dynasty emperors, spent most of his life surrounded by luxury, sophistication, and art, but ended in tragedy. An artist, Huizong neglected the army, and Song China became increasingly weak. On Jan 18, 1126, after the forces of the Jin had crossed the Yellow River and came in sight of the Song capital, Kaifeng, Huizong abdicated in favor of his son Emperor Qinzong. The Jin entered Kaifeng on Jan 9, 1127, and many days of looting, rapes, and massacre followed. Huizong and Qinzong were captured and demoted to commoner. Huizong was deported to northern Manchuria, where he spent the last eight years of his life as a captive.
CH110843. Bronze 2 cash, Gorny NS 32-2.a, Hartill 16.369, Schjoth 607, Fisher 1017, VF, earthen deposits, weight 7.838 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1101 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Sheng Song yuan bao, seal script, clockwise; reverse plain; $16.00 (16.16)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Hui Zong, 1100 - 1125 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Hui| |Zong,| |1100| |-| |1125| |A.D.||2| |cash|
Huizong, one of the most famous Song Dynasty emperors, spent most of his life surrounded by luxury, sophistication, and art, but ended in tragedy. An artist, Huizong neglected the army, and Song China became increasingly weak. On Jan 18, 1126, after the forces of the Jin had crossed the Yellow River and came in sight of the Song capital, Kaifeng, Huizong abdicated in favor of his son Emperor Qinzong. The Jin entered Kaifeng on Jan 9, 1127, and many days of looting, rapes, and massacre followed. Huizong and Qinzong were captured and demoted to commoner. Huizong was deported to northern Manchuria, where he spent the last eight years of his life as a captive.
CH110844. Bronze 2 cash, Gorny NS 32-2.b, Hartill 16.394, Schjoth 609, Fisher 1018, VF, light earthen deposits, weight 8.211 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, 1101 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Sheng Song yuan bao, running script, clockwise, claw foot bao; reverse plain; $16.00 (16.16)




  







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