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China, Southern Song Dynasty, Emperor Xiao Zong, 1163 - 1190

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Emperor Xiaozong of Song started his reign in 1162 when his adoptive father and predecessor, Gaozong, abdicated and passed the throne to him. Even though Emperor Gao zong became a Taishang Huang ("Retired Emperor") after his abdication, he remained the de facto ruler, so Emperor Xiaozong only fully took over the reins of power in 1187 after Emperor Gaozong's death. After ruling for about a year, Emperor Xiaozong followed in his predecessor's footsteps and abdicated in favor of his third son Zhao Dun (Emperor Guangzong), while he became Taishang Huang and still remained in power until his death in 1194.Xiaozong
CH89205. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 17.65, Schjoth 698, Fisher 1172, VF, dark near black patina, weight 7.229 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, 1163 - 1164; obverse Long Xing Yuan Bao, seal script; reverse plain; rare; $110.00 (96.80)


China, Qing Dynasty, Sheng Zu, The Kangxi Emperor, 1662 - 1722

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The Kangxi Emperor is considered one of China's greatest emperors. According to tradition, while the Emperor Shen Zu was intimately associated with the European missionaries, he grew contempt for Buddhism and had a set of 18 brass images of the Luo-han Arhat (the 18 "vernerable" attendants of Buddha) melted down and cast into cash. The brass was said to contain a considerable portion of gold. Although analysis has shown that these coins do not contain any gold, great demand for these "Lohan cash" persists in China. Kangxi_Emperor
CH89209. Bronze cash, Lohan (venerable) cash; Hartill 22.91, Schjoth 1443, VF, weight 5.268 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, Board of Revenue mint, 1713 A.D.; obverse Kang Xi tong bao (one dot tong, Xi with no left down stroke); reverse Boo Chiowan, left and right; $90.00 (79.20)


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

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This form of early Chinese 'money' is nicknamed Ant Nose Money. The name refers to the appearance of the inscriptions. The "face" is possibly the characters "Ge liu zhu" (each 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."
CH91252. Bronze cowrie, Hartill 1.10, Schjoth 14, Fisher 6-7, VF, green patina, small earthen encrustations, weight 3.009 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, c. 476 - 221 B.C.; obverse possibly intended to read Ge liu zhu; reverse plain; $80.00 (70.40)


China, Xin Dynasty, Wang Mang's Interregnum, 7 - 23 A.D.

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Wang Mang made multiple attempts at currency reform, almost entirely unsuccessful. The Huo Quan, a 5 shu coin, was introduced in his 5th reform in 14 A.D. Bing (cake or biscuit) is a Chinese term used to describe to any exceptionally heavy, thick and poorly finished varieties of "normal" coins. It is particularly appropriate for early Hou Quan types, among the thickest and heaviest of the circulating round coins of ancient China. Bing coins are sometimes described as a discus or pancake types. This is a medium-sized Bing, not quite as big as the earliest pieces, but about 3 times heavier than the common later Huo Quans. In 40 A.D. the coinage of Wang Mang was withdrawn, and the wu-shu resurrected. This medium "cake" type is very scarce or rare. Wang_Mang
CH89207. Brass 5 zhu, Bing (cake) thick Huo Quan (money coin); Gratzer-Fishman C5.2 (scarce - rare); Hartill 9.60 (rare), VF, dark blue-green patina, light encrustations, bump on reverse, casting rim around edge (as usual for the type), weight 12.926 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, c. 14 - 23 A.D.; obverse Huo Quan, interrupted vertical stroke of Quan, inner and outer rims; reverse plain, undated, inner and outer rims; very scarce or rare; $70.00 (61.60)


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

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This form of early Chinese 'money' is nicknamed Ant Nose Money. The name refers to the appearance of the inscriptions. The "face" is possibly the characters "Ge liu zhu" (each 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; $70.00 (61.60)


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

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"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
CH89211. Bronze 10 cash, Hartill 16.400, Schjoth 621, Fisher 1040, VF, lovely dark blue-green patina, weight 10.574 g, maximum diameter 34.7 mm, 1102 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Chong Ning tong bao, clockwise, slender gold script, bottom of Chong like he; reverse plain; $50.00 (44.00)


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

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"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
CH89212. Bronze 10 cash, Hartill 16.400, Schjoth 621, Fisher 1040, VF, attractive blue-green patina, light earthen deposits, weight 11.218 g, maximum diameter 34.4 mm, 1102 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Chong Ning tong bao, clockwise, slender gold script, bottom of Chong like he; reverse plain; $50.00 (44.00)


Dai Viet (Vietnam), Later Le Restoration, Le Trang Tong, 1533 - 1548, Unofficial

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Later Le Restoration is a distinction current in Vietnamese historiography. This period marked the ending of first Le dynasty which had flourished for 100 years from 1427 to 1527 until the high-ranking mandarin Mac Dang Dung stole the throne of emperor Le Cung Hoang in 1527 and established the Mac dynasty, ruling the whole territory of Vietnam. The Le royalists escaped to the Kingdom of Lan Xang (now Laos). The Right Commander-General of the Five Armies, Nguyen Kim, summoned the people loyal to the Le emperor to form the new army and to organize a revolution against the Mac. Nguyen Kim returned to the land of Vietnam and led the six-year civil war. Nguyen Kim was poisoned and the power of royal court was succeeded to his son-in- law Trinh Kiem, founder of Trinh clan.
VN86956. Copper cash, Greenbaum 10, Hartill -, Toda -, F, chalky deposits, weight 3.036 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 0o, 1533 - 1548; obverse Thien Thong Hi Bao, Thien in seal script, Zi and Tong in regular script; reverse plain; rare; $40.00 (35.20)


China, Jin Dynasty, Emperor Shi Zong, 1161 - 1190 A.D.

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Emperor Shizong's reign was the longest and most stable among the Jin dynasty emperors. The Jin were Jurchens and Shizong's predecessor was assisinated by die-hard Jurchen tribesmen who wished to preserve their disappearing culture. Soon after ascending the throne, Shizong ordered translation of Chinese classics into Jurchen. The state began offering jinshi degrees in Jurchen, opened the Jurchen Imperial Academy in the capital, and opened Jurchen schools across the empire. Shizong required that, when dealing with Jurchen speakers, government officials respond in Jurchen. In 1174, the imperial guards were told to learn Jurchen, and not to speak in Chinese. In 1188, he prohibited Jurchens from wearing Han Chinese clothes. He was, however, a believer in both Buddhism and Taoism.Shizong_of_Jin
CH89238. Bronze 1 cash, Hartill 18.48, Schjoth 1090, Fisher 1644, VF, dark patina, light deposits, weight 3.700 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 0o, 1178 - 1189 A.D.; obverse Da Ding Tong Bao; reverse You below hole, two strokes in middle of You; scarce; $40.00 (35.20)


China, Jin Dynasty, Emperor Shi Zong, 1161 - 1190 A.D.

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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 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
CH89236. Bronze 1 cash, Hartill 18.48, Schjoth 1090, Fisher 1644, VF, light earthen deposits, weight 2.784 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1178 - 1189 A.D.; obverse Da Ding Tong Bao; reverse You below hole, two strokes in middle of You; scarce; $35.00 (30.80)




  







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