CHINA HUNAN copper 20 cash (1919 AD)


CHINA, HUNAN, 20 cash, no date (1919 AD), Obverse: 5 characters bottom, elongated rosette with empty center above flags, Reverse: 20 CASH, copper, Y400a, edge nicks, VF

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Hunan is a province in south central China. Largest city is Changsha. It has always been a breadbasket for the whole country for centuries. Nevertheless it has been prone to famine periodically. Mao Zedong was born in Hunan

The big player in East Asia is China, of course. Then there is Japan and Korea, throw in Mongolia. South of China and east of India, but not including, for the most part, the islands to the east, is what we call Southeast Asia. From Burma to Malaya there have been a series of local kingdoms for about 2000 years. Russia, with its Asian Siberia, doesn’t count. We consider it part of Europe.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.