CHINA, French 2 sols 1791 R, made into a a multiple cash


CHINA, cash, French 2 sols KM603.14 1791 R, with an 8mm square hole cut in center to make a multiple cash, brass, 32mm, 23.08g, ex-Fisher collection, though no markings on the holder, F

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In the period of disorder in later 19th century China there were coin shortages and inflation and the importation of foreign silver coins.

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.