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Chinese? | Two 19th Century Cash Coins

 
 
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 Posted 08/22/2010  3:41 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add stratocaster to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Please help me with these coins:





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 Posted 08/22/2010  4:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add wd1040 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First one is Daoguang Emperor, looks like Yunnan Mint (you have the reverse with the Manchu script flipped)

Second is Xianfeng Emperor, Beijing Board of Public Works (you have both sides flipped)
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 Posted 08/23/2010  05:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add stratocaster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks a lot wd1040!
I realy appreciate this, I'm a cmplete noob to Chinese coins.
Do they have a denomination? Do you have any other information about them?
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08/23/2010 05:09 am
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 Posted 08/27/2010  05:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coinsnpaper to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These are 1 cash coins- 1,000 officially equal to a Chinese 1 ounce silver, or Tael (.72 tael= 1 dollar). Actually 920-960 cash= 1 tael.
Top coin is Tao Kuang (Daoguang) reign title of 1821-1850 (top and bottom characters), Tung mintmark of TuNGCh'uan, Yunnan Province. Reign titles are in Cantonese or (mandarin) transliterations- they are the same emperors.
Bottom coin is Hsien Feng (Xianfeng) reign title of 1851-1861, Yun mint mark of Yunnan-Fu, Yunnan Province. Yunnan is the furthest South-West province of China, very hot, and the coins tend to have a thinner, less proper writing style, which these do.
The top coins has a decided silvery appearance, which may be a scarce tin ( or zinc, or lead) coin, rather than the regular brass or copper issue. The Yunnan coins tended to be red copper, instead of brass, and the tin/lead/zinc composition
was a little more common here.
Top left, and both bottom coins are upside down.
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 Posted 09/19/2010  08:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add stratocaster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
coinsnpaper,
Thank you that was realy useful!
Both coins are actualy dark brown (more like the second one), it is just the picture giving the silvery appearance.
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