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THE REMARKABLE WU-CH'U COIN 

Ancient Chinese Wu Shu coinIn 118BC Emperor Yuan-shou withdrew the Pan-Liang coin and introduced a new coin, called the Wu Ch'u (Wu Shu or Wu Chu)  It had a value of 5 Shu.  Unlike the earlier Pan Liang coins it had a raised rim to prevent filing.  The coin proved quite popular, and continued to be issued in various versions for the next six centuries!
Item CN-WU CHINA WU-CH'U COIN 118BC - 618AD (Scj.114+) VG-VF  $6.00



A WORD ABOUT THE NAMES OF CHINESE EMPERORS

 The names of Chinese emperors can be confusing - because one Emperor will have many names.  Like everyone, they have personal name, but that is often different than their birth name.  Once they become emperor however,  the emperor choses a reign title.  The reign title is the name that appears on their coins.  Some emperors used one reign title for their entire reign.  Others would change their reign title every few years. Some reign title would be used by more than one emperor.  In addition, after an emperor died he was given a posthumous name, which often was long enough to read like an entire sentence. 

Adding the confusion is that there are multiple ways of translating the same name.  Most traditional English language references used the Wade-Giles transcription.  Many recent books use the modern Pinyin transcription.  Thus the emperor who ruled China from 1022 to 1063AD is known as Jen Tsung in the Wade-Giles transcription and Ren Zong in the Pinyin transcription. He used nine reign titles during his reign.   His reign titles in the Wade-Giles transcription are T'ien-Sheng, Ming-tao, Ching-yu, Pao-yuan, K'ang-ting, Ch'ing-li, Huang-yu, Chih-ho, and Chia-yu.  In the Pinyin transcription that is Tian Sheng, Ming Dao, Jing You, Huang Song, Kang Ding, Huang You, Zhi He and Jia You.  His birth name (using Pinyin) was Zhao Zhen.  His Posthumous name (using Pinyin) is Emperor Titian Fadao Jigong Quande Shenwen Shengwu Ruizhe Mingxiao, but that is too long for anyone to use!

 For the purposes of these coins, I will usually refer to both the reign title that appears on the coin (as that is what is used by most collectors of Chinese coins), and the common personal name that the emperor is known by in the history books.  I will usually include both the Wade-Giles and Pinyin transcription.



NEWBEAUTIFUL 5 CASH COIN OF  THE NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY

Chuna 5 Cash, Ch'ung Ning (Chong Ning) 1102-1106AD , Scj. 522The Northern (Pei) Song (Sung) Dynasty came to power in 960AD.  China prospered under its wise Emperors and a competent and honest civil service. In 1101 Emperor Hui  Zong (Hui Tsung) came to power.  A cultured man, poet, painter and avid patron of the arts, he spent vast sums collecting art, supporting artists, and building a costly imperial garden.   He neglected the affairs of state.  The civil service became increasingly corrupt, the army weak, and the treasury bankrupt. The Emperor allied himself with the increasingly powerful Jin (Chin Tarters) of Manchuria. The Jin (Chin), then turned against him and succeeded in sacking and destroying the weakened Song Dynasty.  Hui Zong was captured, along with most of the Imperial Court, and died in exile in Manchuria.
    In 1102 Hui Zong began to issue this attractive, large (34mm) copper 5 Cash coin.  The coin had far less copper than five one cash coins, so brought in extra revenue for the government and disdain from its citizens  In keeping with the Emperor’s appreciation for calligraphy, the coins show his reign title Chong Ning (Ch'ung Ning) in a script he created “Slender Gold Style”.  The reverse is blank. In keeping with Gresham's Law, this devalued money drove the good money out of circulation which caused a severe coin shortage.  The public outcry caused the Emperor to discontinue the coins by 1106AD.  It is an attractive coin from a cultured, but inept, Emperor.
Item CN-S622 NORTHERN SONG 5 CASH COIN, CHONG NING 1102-1106AD Scj. 622 F-VF $18.00



LUCKY COIN OF THE FIRST MANCHU EMPEROR OF CHINA 

China 1 Cash coin of Manchu Emperor Shun Chih (Shunzhi)In 1644, the collapsing Ming Dynasty invited the Manchu army to put down a peasant uprising that had taken over their capital city of Beijing.   The Manchu’s promptly did so, but took over the city for themselves, and placing their young Emperor Shun Chih (Shunzhi) upon the throne of China, bringing a formal end to the Ming Dynasty.  By the time Shun Chih died of smallpox in 1662 the Manchu Dynasty was firmly in control of China.  The coins of Shun Chih were thought to bring good luck.  Probably because wearing the coin around the neck was a way of showing support for the new Dynasty, thus currying favor with government officials, while not having the coin could invite harassment.  We have a selection of these old brass one cash coins from various mints.  The Emperors title ison one side, while the name of the mint is on the other.
Item CN-SHUNZHI CHINA 1 CASH SHUN CHIH 1644-1662 F-VF $7.00


INEXPENSIVE 200 YEAR OLD MANCHU DYNASTY COIN

China 1 Cash coin of Qianlong Emperor (1735-1796)Ch'ien Lung (Qianlong Emperor) was the fourth emperor of the Ch'ing (Manchu) Dynasty, and one of the longest reigning emperors in the thousands of years of Chinese history.  His reign lasted from 1735 until 1796.  His military campaigns strengthened Chinese authority both within the Empire and over its neighbors.  He created a new province, Sinkiang Province, in north-western China, substantially increasing the size of the Empire. He had 17 sons and 10 daughters by his concubines.  He was also a patron of the arts.  He resigned in 1796, turning the Empire over to his fifth son and died in 1799.  This brass 1 cash coin of Ch'ien Lung features the Emperors title on one side and the mint mark on the reverse. The coins are genuine, and despite being over 200 years old, they are quite inexpensive. Many hundreds of millions of coins were made during his long and prosperous reign.  The coin has long been popular with practitioners of Feng Shui and I Ching.
Item CN-CL CHINA CH'IEN LUNG 1 CASH 1735-1796 Fine $2.00


LAST CASH COIN OF THE LAST EMPEROR OF CHINA

Chinese cash coin of Pu-I 1909-1911 Pu I, also known by his reign title Hsuan-t'ung (Xuan Tong) ascended to the throne of China in 1908 at age three, upon the death of his Uncle, the previous emperor.  By this time however Imperial rule was already collapsing due to repeated wars, foreign interference and internal misrule. In 1911 the Republic of China was established and he was forced to abdicate the throne.  This small one cash coin of Hsuan-t'ung was one of the last cast square hole cash coins to be issued by Imperial China. The coin was minted at the Board of Revenue Mint in Peking.
Item CN-C1-19 CHINA 1 CASH HSIEN TUNG 1908-1911 C1-19.1 VF $9.50



Book: Old Coins of China by Holger Jorgensen (reprint)OLD COINS OF CHINA by Holger Jorgensen

A small but complete identification guide book for Chinese cash coins from 600BC to 1912AD. Best book if you just want a to identify Chinese cash coins by emperor without going into varieties. Features line drawings of coins.   Reprint. 26 pages and plates.  softcover. $6.00
Item BK-Jorgensen Book: OLD COINS OF CHINA by Holger Jorgensen $6.00


CHINESE MOTHER OF PEARL GAMBLING TOKENS

Chinese Mother of Pearl Gambling tokensThese beautiful, hand carved mother-of-pearl gambling tokens were manufactured in China from the late 18th Century to the late 19th Century.  Most were exported to Europe where they were used in a card games.  They come a variety of shapes and sizes, including round, rectangular, oval and even fish-shaped.  Most are about 28mm to 55mm.  
Item CHINA-MOPx1 1 CHINESE MOTHER OF PEARL GAMBLING TOKEN $15.00
Item CHINA-MOPx3 3 DIFFERENT CHINESE MOTHER OF PEARL GAMBLING TOKENS $39.75


NEWOLD TOKEN FROM SHANGHAI

Tong K Wing, Shangha, China i 5 Jiao tokenTong K. Wing, a merchant in Shanghai, issued this 5 Jiao (50 Cents) token about 1920.  The 32mm aluminum token is believed to have been issued about 1920.  One side has legend “TONG K WING SHANGHAI, CHINA” and the numeral “5”  The other side has a floral pattern.  The coin grades XF for wear but has significant tarnish. 
Item CN-TONG TONG K WING, SHANGHAI CHINA 5 JIAO TOKEN $19.50


UNUSUAL FIBER COIN FROM WWII JAPANESE OCCUPATION OF CHINA 

Manchukuo 1 Fen 1945 Y13aManchukuo 5 Fen 1945, fiber coin YA13a
Manchukuo was a Japanese puppet state carved out of Northeastern China prior to World War II. Due to a severe metal shortage towards the end of the war, it issued 1 and 5 Fen coins struck in a red cardboard-like material rather than metal. The coin is dated with the year of the reign of Emperor Kang Te of Manchukuo. Kang Te was formerly known as Pu Yi, who was the last Emperor of China until he was deposed in 1911. The Japanese used him as the figurehead leader for Manchukuo. The 5 Fen  is dated Kang Te Year 12, which is corresponds to 1945. The 1945 coin catalogs for $125 in VG condition, however our price is MUCH less. The 1 Fen coin was struck only a single year; KT12, or 1945. These historic World War II coins are some of the few circulating non-metallic coins of the century.
Item MAN-1F45 MANCHUKUO 1 FEN 1945 (KT12) Y13a VG $7.00
Item MAN-5F45 MANCHUKUO 5 FEN 1945 (KT12) YA13a VG $15.00

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WORLD WAR II ERA JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY FOR CHINA

China - Japanese Military Occupation 5 Yen note, PM17This attractive 5 Yen note was issued by the Japanese military in 1940 for use by both troops and civilians in Japanese occupied portions of China.  The front depicts a pair Onagadori cocks The back has the denomination in English and Japanese and legends in Japanese warning against counterfeiting. 
Item PM-CN-M5Y JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY USED IN CHINA 5 YEN (1940) PM17 VF $4.00

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HIGH GRADE WWII JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY FOR HONG KONG

World War II Japanese Military 100 Yen note
This Crisp Uncirculated 100 Yen Japanese Military Currency note was issued in 1945 for use in Hong Kong.  It was the highest denomination military currency issued by Japan. The note, apparently printed in Hong Kong, utilized the basic design of the 1944 Japanese homeland 100 Yen note, however with modified legends on the back and the front was overprinted with the characters indicating it is military currency.  
Item PM-CN-M100Y JAPANESE MILITARY CURRENCY FOR HONG KONG 100 YEN 1945 PM30 UNC. $9.00

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COIN SET FROM THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA  

People's Republic of China coin set
This unpackaged five coin set from The People's Republic of China includes the 1, 2 and 5 Fen, 1 and 5 Jiao dating from 1987 to 1996. One side of the coins show the national emblem featuring the Tiananmen Gate and the entrance to The Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the former Imperial Palace that was closed to the public. It is now a vast museum and a major tourist attraction. Above the gate are 5 stars. The reverse of the coins features the denomination. All 5 coins are Uncirculated.
Item CN-SET5 PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA COIN SET $3.00


2016 CHINESE SILVER PANDA

China 2016 silver PandaChina continued their popular silver Panda series with this attractive 2016 issue.  Each year features a different design featuring a cute giant Panda.  The 2016 issue depicts a Panda grasping a large tree branch.  The obverse features the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, a Taoist temple complex constructed in the early 1400's. In keeping with what seems like a Chinese tradition of cutting corners, the 2016 Panda weighs 30 grams (.9645 oz) rather than 1 troy ounce (31.1035 grams).  The reasoning is that this will put the coin on the metric standard.  The coin is struck in .999 fine silver, has a nominal value of 10 Yuan. The Brilliant Uncirculated 40mm coin comes in its original protective capsule.   
Item CN-PANDA16 CHINA 10 YUAN  2016 SILVER PANDA, BU $32.00


OLD TAIWAN COIN SET  

Taiwan coin set 1, 2, 5 Chiao & 1 YuanThe government of the Republic of China fled to Taiwan (Formosa) when mainland China fell to the communists in 1949.  This four coin set contains some of the first coins of Taiwan.  Included is the aluminum 1955 1 Chiao, the aluminum 1950 2 Chiao, the brass 1954 5 Chiao and the copper-nickel 1960 1 Yuan.  The three lower denominations picture Sun Yat-Sen on the obverse and a map of Taiwan on the reverse. The 1 Yuan pictures a plum blossom on one side and an orchid on the other.   The coins are Uncirculated.
Item CN-TAIWAN TAIWAN 4 COIN SET 1 CHIAO - 1 YUAN 1950-60 UNC. $7.00


Also see:

Click HereJAPANESE OCCUPATION OF MANCHUKUO
Click HereWWII FIBER COIN OF JAPANESE OCCUPIED MANCHUKUO
Click HereMENG CHIANG JAPANESE PUPPET BANK
Click Here COINS OF TIBET


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