CHINA QIAN LONG 1736-96 blank reverse


CHINA, QING Dynasty, 1644-1911 AD, 1 cash, no date, no mint, Obverse: QIAN LONG TONG BAO, Z style QIAN, 3mm outer rim, Reverse: blank and flat, brass, 24mm, 3.91g, the reverse seems not to have been filed, F+

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Some of these blank reverse coins are obviously filed but others, like this one, are in a reasonable date range. I’ve seen a few out of thousands of cash coins I’ve examined.

In the Jia Qing period a rebellion led by a vegetarian and gender-egalitarian religious group called the White Lotus Society endured for eight years. Famine produced large migrations of Han Chinese into Manchuria and Mongolia. There was unrest in Xinjiang.

A rebel took Beijing and the last Ming Emperor committed suicide. A Ming loyalist general invited the Manchus into China to aid the Ming heir but instead they proceeded to conquer the country in what some think produced more casualties than any previous war. The Qing Dynasty promoted culture and the economy flourished until the Europeans arrived with their Industrial Revolution and opium.

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.