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China, Qing Dynasty, De Zong, The Guangxu Emperor, 1875 - 1908

|China|, |China,| |Qing| |Dynasty,| |De| |Zong,| |The| |Guangxu| |Emperor,| |1875| |-| |1908|, |10| |cash|
The Guangxu Emperor, De Zong, was the tenth emperor of the Qing dynasty, and the ninth Qing emperor to rule over China proper. His reign lasted from 1875 to 1908, but in practice he ruled, under Empress Dowager Cixi's influence, only from 1889 to 1898. He initiated the Hundred Days' Reform, but was abruptly stopped when the empress dowager launched a coup in 1898, after which he was put under house arrest until his death.
CH89424. Bronze 10 cash, Coins in the Collection of Shanghai Museum, Vol. 6, 2169 (5.0g, 25mm, similar thick rims); cf. Hartill 22.1275 (smaller), VF, rough fields and file marks (normal for the type), weight 4.565 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Bejing, Board of Revenue mint, c. 1875 A.D.; obverse Guang Xu tong bao, protruding head boo, thick outer rim; reverse Boo Chiowan (Board of Revenue), thick outer rim; rare; $95.00 SALE |PRICE| $85.50


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."
CH93042. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.4, Schjoth 15-17, Fisher 4, gVF, nice olive green patina, light earthen deposits, weight 2.976 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse Gui Lian Qian; reverse plain; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00


China, Warring States, Chu Kingdom, c. 476 - 221 B.C., Ant Nose Money

|China|, |China,| |Warring| |States,| |Chu| |Kingdom,| |c.| |476| |-| |221| |B.C.,| |Ant| |Nose| |Money|, |cowrie|
This form of early Chinese 'money' is nicknamed Ant Nose Money. The markings are possibly the characters "Ge liu zhu " (six zhu - weight). 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."
CH91246. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.9, Schjoth 14, Fisher 7, VF, a little rough, light earthen deposits, weight 3.561 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse possibly intended to read Ge liu zhu; reverse plain; much less common than the "ghost face" type; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Dai Viet (Vietnam|), Unknown King or Rebel, c. 1600 - 1700

|Vietnam|, |Dai| |Viet| |(Vietnam|),| |Unknown| |King| |or| |Rebel,| |c.| |1600| |-| |1700|, |cash|
A number of cash coin types bearing the names of princes, of rebel chiefs, or of various mints have not been classified. Their Annamese origin is established, but no precise dates or other information. Many are from the Quang-nam Principality, the rulers of which were de facto kings and issued coins at various times. The names of these rulers are unknown. Some rebels who issued coins are otherwise entirely unrecorded by history.
VN83970. Bronze cash, Toda 264 (unclassified), Barker -, aVF, dark green patina, light dusting of chalky earthen deposit, weight 1.263 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, c. 1600 - 1700; obverse Thien Nguyen thong bao, regular script, nguyen in seal script; reverse blank; $18.00 SALE |PRICE| $16.20


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

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Hui| |Zong,| |1101| |-| |1126| |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.Huizong
CH93021. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.476, Schjoth 656, Fisher 1111; normal size, F, colorful patina, deposits and encrustations, weight 7.007 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, 1119 - 1125 A.D.; obverse Xuan He tong bao, seal script; reverse plain; $16.00 SALE |PRICE| $14.40


China, Western Wei Dynasty, 535 - 557 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Western| |Wei| |Dynasty,| |535| |-| |557| |A.D.|, |5| |zhu|
Coins of this type were found in the tomb of Hou Yi of the Western Wei. The Western Wei followed the disintegration of the Northern Wei, and ruled northern China from 535 to 557. As with the Northern Wei state that preceded it, the ruling family were members of the Tuoba clan of the Xianbei. After the Xianbei general Yuwen Tai killed the Northern Wei emperor Yuan Xiu, he installed Yuan Baoju as emperor of Western Wei, but Yuwen Tai was the true ruler. Although smaller than the Eastern Wei in territory and population, Western Wei was able to withstand the attacks from the eastern empire. Due to its stronger economic condition, Western Wei was even able to conquer the whole western part of the Liang empire in the south and occupied the territory of modern Sichuan. In 557 Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu deposed Emperor Gong and placed Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue on the throne, ending Western Wei and establishing Northern Zhou.Western_Han
CH87314. Copper 5 zhu, Hartill 10.25, Schjoth 253, Fisher 651, aVF, green patina, encrustations, weight 1.660 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, 535 - 556 A.D.; obverse Wu Zhu (5 zhu), crossing lines of wu straight, inner rim by wu; reverse plain; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


China, Western Hahn Dynasty, 206 B.C. - 9 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Western| |Hahn| |Dynasty,| |206| |B.C.| |-| |9| |A.D.|, |cash|
Ban Liang means half a liang (Chinese ounce, 24 zhu). The weights and size were later reduced and the inscription was kept the same. Ban Liang were made in a large variety of sizes and weights. These coins are traditionally associated with Qin Shi Huang Di, the first Chinese emperor, who united China in 221 B.C. At the beginning of the Western Han Dynasty c. 200 B.C. the people were allowed to cast small light coins know as yu jia, "elm seed" coins, as the heavy Qin coins were inconvenient.Western_Han
CH89376. Copper cash, Hartill 7.10, Fisher 411, Schjoth 86; Yu jia "Elm seed" coin, F, blue-green patina, rough edges, earthen deposits and encrustations, weight 0.360 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, 200 - 180 B.C.; obverse Ban Liang (half ounce); reverse plain, no rims; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


China, Western Hahn Dynasty, 206 B.C. - 9 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Western| |Hahn| |Dynasty,| |206| |B.C.| |-| |9| |A.D.|, |cash|
Ban Liang means half a liang (Chinese ounce, 24 zhu). The weights and size were later reduced and the inscription was kept the same. Ban Liang were made in a large variety of sizes and weights. These coins are traditionally associated with Qin Shi Huang Di, the first Chinese emperor, who united China in 221 B.C. At the beginning of the Western Han Dynasty c. 200 B.C. the people were allowed to cast small light coins know as yu jia, "elm seed" coins, as the heavy Qin coins were inconvenient.Western_Han
CH89378. Copper cash, Hartill 7.10, Fisher 411, Schjoth 86; Yu jia "Elm seed" coin, F, blue-green patina, ragged edges (as cast), weight 0.330 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, 200 - 180 B.C.; obverse Ban Liang (half ounce); reverse plain, no rims; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


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

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Hui| |Zong,| |1101| |-| |1126| |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.Huizong
CH93020. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.476, Schjoth 659, Fisher 1111; normal size, F, light earthen deposits, weight 5.586 g, maximum diameter 29.4 mm, 1119 - 1125 A.D.; obverse Xuan He tong bao, seal script; reverse plain; $12.00 SALE |PRICE| $10.80


China, Southern Dynasties, c. 420 - 589 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Southern| |Dynasties,| |c.| |420| |-| |589| |A.D.|, |5| |zhu|
During the Southern Dynasties, 420 - 589 A.D., it was common for people to cut out the middle portion of a wu zhu coin thus making two coins from one. The outer ring portion of the coin is usually termed a "thread ring" wu zhu (yan huan wu zhu) while the inner portion is referred to as a "chiseled rim" wu zhu (zao bian wu zhu) or "cut rim" wu zhu (jian lun wu zhu).
CH91240. Copper 5 zhu, Yan Huan (fringe or thread ring) Wu Zhu; Hartill 10.27, Schjoth 304, Fisher 583, weight 1.960 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, c. 420 - 589 A.D.; obverse Wu Zhu (5 zhu); reverse plain; $10.00 SALE |PRICE| $9.00




  







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