CHINA, SOUTHERN TANG Dynasty, 950-78 AD, 1 cash, no date (959-61 AD), Obverse: TANG GUO TONG BAO, seal script, large characters, bronze, 25mm, 2.84g, H15.83, S442, aVF

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The Southern Tang Dynasty had its capital in Nanjing in Jiangsu. It claimed to be the successor state to the Tang Dynasty. It was conquered by the Later Zhou government and became a vassal state. Later Zhou, and all the other local governments, were conquered by the Song Dynasty.

The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period followed the demise of Tang. Later (Posterior) Liang, Tang, Han, Jin, and Zhou Dynasties, Former (Anterior) Shu, Min, Chu, Later Shu, Southern Tang and Han, You Zhou kingdoms and regions that issued coins. Extensive use of iron and lead coinage.

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.