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Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D., Laodicea ad Lycus, Phrygia

|Laodicea| |ad| |Lycus|, |Caligula,| |16| |March| |37| |-| |24| |January| |41| |A.D.,| |Laodicea| |ad| |Lycus,| |Phrygia|, AE 16
Laodicea ad Lycum fell under Roman control in 133 B.C. It suffered greatly during the Mithridatic Wars but quickly recovered under Roman rule. Towards the end of the Roman Republic and under the first emperors, Laodicea, benefiting from its advantageous position on a trade route. It became one of the most important and flourishing commercial cities of Anatolia, know for its large money transactions and its black wool trade.
RP93133. Bronze AE 16, RPC I 2900; BMC Phrygia p. 303, 154; SNG Cop 557; SNGvA 3838; Lindgren-Kovacs 990A, VF, broad flan, obverse off center, mild porosity, weight 3.852 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Lycum (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, Mar 37 - Jan 41 A.D.; obverse ΓAIOΣ KAIΣAP, bare head right; reverse eagle standing facing, turned slightly to right, head and tail left, ΠOΛE monogram left, ΦIΛOΠAT monogram right, ΛAO∆IKEΩN below; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $100.00 (90.00)


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 (85.50)


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
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 (45.00)


Kingdom of Quangnam (Southern Vietnam), The Nguyen Lords, Nguyen Phuc Khoat (Vo Vuong), 1738 - 1765

|Vietnam|, |Kingdom| |of| |Quangnam| |(Southern| |Vietnam),| |The| |Nguyen| |Lords,| |Nguyen| |Phuc| |Khoat| |(Vo| |Vuong),| |1738| |-| |1765|, cash
In 1744 Nguyen Phuc Khoat proclaimed the southern region a kingdom and took the regnal name Vo Vuong. Although he listened to music by western missionaries, Vo Vuong banned both missionaries and Christianity. He expanded his territory, taking parts of Cambodia. The Vietnamese-Cambodian border established by the end of his reign remains the border today. After declining availability of coins became a serious problem, in 1746 he purchased zinc from Dutch merchants to cast coins. He also allowed over 100 private mints. Unfortunately, some of these mints mixed cheaper black lead (lead) with the white lead (zinc). In 1776, Le Quy Don wrote in Phu Bien Tap Luc ('Miscellaneous records in the border area'), "There was one kind of coin called Thien Minh Thong Bao, which had black lead mixed in and became very fragile. People refused to accept it because of its ugliness; therefore the trade did not go smoothly, coins were not circulated well."Vo Vuong
VN83965. Zinc cash, Barker 85.1, Toda 285, VF, earthen deposits, weight 1.703 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, 1746 - 1765; obverse Thien Minh Thong Bao; reverse plain; $20.00 (18.00)


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 (16.20)


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 (7 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
VN84043. Zinc Cash (7 Phan), Barker 99.11, Toda 213, SCWC KM 173a, Schroeder 441, VF, thin patina and earthen deposits, weight 2.625 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, 1 Jun 1802 - 3 Feb 1820; obverse Gia Long Thong Bao; reverse That phan (right to left, seven phan); $18.00 (16.20)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhe Zong, 1086 - 1100 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Zhe| |Zong,| |1086| |-| |1100| |A.D.|, 2 cash
Seal script, Zhuan Shu in Mandrin Chinese, is a formal style of Chinese calligraphy, closest to the archaic form of the charicters.
CH86068. Bronze 2 cash, Hartill 16.270, Schjoth 575, Fisher 983, VF, weight 8.261 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, 1086 - 1093 A.D.; obverse Yuan Yu tong bao, seal script, clockwise, round bao; reverse plain; $14.00 (12.60)


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
CH87312. Copper 5 zhu, Hartill 10.25, Schjoth 253, Fisher 651, aVF, dark green patina, encrustations, weight 1.804 g, maximum diameter 21.86 mm, 535 - 556 A.D.; obverse Wu Zhu (5 zhu), crossing lines of wu straight, inner rim by wu; reverse plain; $12.00 (10.80)


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 (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 (10.80)




  



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Krause, C. & C. Mishler. Standard Catalog of World Coins. (Iola, WI, 2010 - ).
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