CHINA CHUN XI YUAN BAO 2 cash 1174-89 AD

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CHINA, SOUTHERN SONG Dynasty, 1127-1280 AD, 2 cash, no date (1174-89 AD, Obverse: CHUN XI YUAN BAO, orthodox script, small characters, Reverse: crescent top, dot star below, bronze, 29.5mm, 5.79g, H17.227, S741v, ex-Fisher collection, aVF

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Description

The dot is called “Sun” from a mythical point of view, and denotes yang, male, hot, projective, etc., as the crescent is the “Moon,” and points to yin, female, cool, receptive, etc.

Song Xiaozong succeeded when his father abdicated, a bloodless succession, rare in the world. He too abdicated at the end of his reign.

Pressure from Turks, Tungus, and other peoples to the North grew until the Song felt obliged to retreat to the south. The Song paid tribute to the northern invaders, and continued their traditions in reduced circumstances until the coming of the Mongols.

The oldest Chinese coins are at least as old as the earliest Greek coins. The Chinese coinage system differed from other systems in two ways. It was monometallic, only bronze coins circulated in general commerce. Gold and silver were treated as commodities. And the manufacturing method was by casting in moulds rather than by striking heated solid planchets. The main reference I use in attributing and describing these coins is the book: Chinese Cast Coins, by David Hartill.