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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 SALE PRICE $19.80


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.
CH110852. Bronze 2 cash, Gorny NS 32-2.a, Hartill 16.369, Schjoth 607, Fisher 1017, VF, nice blue and green patina, light deposits and encrustations, weight 8.522 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 0o, 1101 - 1106 A.D.; obverse Sheng Song yuan bao, seal script, clockwise; reverse plain; $14.00 SALE PRICE $12.60


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Shen Zong, 1067 - 1085 A.D.

|Asia|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Shen| |Zong,| |1067| |-| |1085| |A.D.||1| |cash|
Shenzong implemented Wang Anshi's famous reforms aimed at improving life for the peasantry and unemployed. He was initially successful against the Tangut Empire but Shenzong's forces were defeated at the City of Yongle battle of 1082. As a result, the Xixia forces grew more powerful and would be a thorn on the side of the Song dynasty in the ensuing decades.
CH98323. Bronze 1 cash, Gorny NS 24.a, Hartill 16.171, Schjoth 529, aF, weight 6 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 0o, 1068 - 1077 A.D.; obverse Xi Ning yuan bao, seal script, clockwise; reverse plain; $5.00 SALE PRICE $4.50


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Shen Zong, 1067 - 1085 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Shen| |Zong,| |1067| |-| |1085| |A.D.||1| |cash|
Shenzong implemented Wang Anshi's famous reforms aimed at improving life for the peasantry and unemployed. He was initially successful against the Tangut Empire but Shenzong's forces were defeated at the City of Yongle battle of 1082. As a result, the Xixia forces grew more powerful and would be a thorn on the side of the Song dynasty in the ensuing decades.
CH98381. Bronze 1 cash, cf. Gorny NS 27.b, Hartill 16.235, 1078 - 1085 A.D.; obverse Yuan Feng tong bao, running script, clockwise; reverse plain; condition varies, mostly near Fine or Fine, randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $4.00 SALE PRICE $3.60


Vietnam, Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen The To (Gia Long), 1 June 1802 - 3 February 1820

|Vietnam|, |Vietnam,| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |The| |To| |(Gia| |Long),| |1| |June| |1802| |-| |3| |February| |1820||Cash| |(1| |Phan)|
A nephew of the last Nguyen lord who ruled southern Vietnam, at age 15, Nguyen The To (also known as Nguyen Anh) was forced into hiding when his family was slain in the Tay Son revolt. After several changes of fortune in which his loyalists regained and again lost Saigon, he befriended the French Catholic priest Pigneau de Behaine. Pigneau recruited volunteers to help him take the throne. From 1789, he advanced north, defeating the Tay Son, reaching the Chinese border 1802, and reuniting all Vietnam, from China down to the Gulf of Siam, after centuries of feudal warfare. He took the regnal name Gia Long, moved the capital from Hanoi to Hue, and reinstated Confucian education and civil service. In return for French support, he tolerated Catholic missionaries, which was increasingly restricted under his successors. Using French expertise, he modernized Vietnam's military, gained dominance in Indochina, and made Cambodia into a vassal state.Gia Long
VN87482. Copper Cash (1 Phan), cf. Barker 99.3, Toda 213, SCWC KM 169, Schroeder 113, 1 Jun 1802 - 3 Feb 1820; obverse Gia Long Thong Bao; reverse blank; condition varies, mostly Fine, randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $3.00 SALE PRICE $2.70


Vietnam, Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen Thanh To (Minh Mang), 14 February 1820 - 20 January 1841

|Vietnam|, |Vietnam,| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |Thanh| |To| |(Minh| |Mang),| |14| |February| |1820| |-| |20| |January| |1841||cash|
Minh Mang was the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam, reigning from 14 February 1820 until his death, on 20 January 1841. He was well known for his opposition to French involvement in Vietnam and his rigid Confucian orthodoxy. He banned missionaries from Vietnam and seven missionaries were sentenced to death.

During the reign of Minh Mang a substantial quantity of zinc coins were issued. They are of the same general style and calligraphy as the copper coins.
Minh Mang
VN87485. Bronze cash, small flan (6 phan); cf. Barker 101.10 ff., Toda 228, F or better, 14 Feb 1820 - 1822; obverse Minh Mang Thong Bao, open Minh and Bao; reverse plain; randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $3.00 SALE PRICE $2.70


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Shen Zong, 1067 - 1085 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Shen| |Zong,| |1067| |-| |1085| |A.D.||1| |cash|
Shenzong implemented Wang Anshi's famous reforms aimed at improving life for the peasantry and unemployed. He was initially successful against the Tangut Empire but Shenzong's forces were defeated at the City of Yongle battle of 1082. As a result, the Xixia forces grew more powerful and would be a thorn on the side of the Song dynasty in the ensuing decades.
CH98380. Bronze 1 cash, cf. Gorny 27a, Hartill 16.210, 1078 - 1085 A.D.; obverse Yuan Feng tong bao, seal script, clockwise; reverse plain; condition varies, mostly near Fine or Fine, randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $3.00 SALE PRICE $2.70


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Shen Zong, 1067 - 1085 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Shen| |Zong,| |1067| |-| |1085| |A.D.||1| |cash|
Shenzong implemented Wang Anshi's famous reforms aimed at improving life for the peasantry and unemployed. He was initially successful against the Tangut Empire but Shenzong's forces were defeated at the City of Yongle battle of 1082. As a result, the Xixia forces grew more powerful and would be a thorn on the side of the Song dynasty in the ensuing decades.
CH98382. Bronze 1 cash, Gorny NS 27.a, cf. Hartill 16.211, Schjoth 545, Fisher 964, near Fine or better, as found patina and deposits, weight c. 3.4 g, 1078 - 1085 A.D.; obverse Yuan Feng tong bao, seal script, clockwise; reverse plain; randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $3.00 SALE PRICE $2.70


Vietnam, Nguyen Dynasty, Nguyen Thanh To (Minh Mang), 14 February 1820 - 20 January 1841

|Vietnam|, |Vietnam,| |Nguyen| |Dynasty,| |Nguyen| |Thanh| |To| |(Minh| |Mang),| |14| |February| |1820| |-| |20| |January| |1841||cash|
Minh Mang was the second emperor of the Nguyen dynasty of Vietnam, reigning from 14 February 1820 until his death, on 20 January 1841. He was well known for his opposition to French involvement in Vietnam and his rigid Confucian orthodoxy. He banned missionaries from Vietnam and seven missionaries were sentenced to death.

During the reign of Minh Mang a substantial quantity of zinc coins were issued. They are of the same general style and calligraphy as the copper coins.
Minh Mang
VN87481. Zinc cash, cf. Barker 101.22 - 101.28, Toda 228, 14 Feb 1820 - 1822; obverse Minh Mang Thong Bao; reverse plain; condition varies, most Fine, some with thick patina/encrustation, you may get two coins (for the price of one) stuck together, randomly selected from the same lot as the coins in the photograph, ONE COIN; $2.00 SALE PRICE $1.80


Pahang Sultanate, Malaysia, 1819 - 1889

|Asia|, |Pahang| |Sultanate,| |Malaysia,| |1819| |-| |1889|
Ingots made from tin (one of Malaysia's most abundant natural resources) were adapted into a coinage system by the Malay sultanate of Pahang. The shape of this particular type earned it the name 'tin-hat' money. The first tin-hat shaped ingot was issued in 1819. The Tampang (1/25 dollar) and other denominations continued to be minted in Pahang until 1889 and was legal tender until 1893.
AS56353. "Tin-hat" money, 1/4 Tampang (one cent); 30.0x30.4mm, 10.438g, Fair, holed, square coin with a square raised hollow center, resembling a hat with a flat rim, Jawi language inscriptions in Persian script (including ruler and date) on top and bottom of the "rim"; SOLD




  



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