CHINA, XIAN FENG TONG BAO, iron 1 cash, Shaanxi

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CHINA, QING Dynasty, 1644-1911 AD, 1 cash, no date (1854-58 AD), Xi’an mint, Shaanxi, Obverse: XIAN FENG TONG BAO, 1-dot square head TONG, Reverse: BOO SHAN L-R, iron, 25mm, 4.83g, H22.946, C23-4a, ex-Fisher collection, rusty VG

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The Xian Feng era was the period of the Tai Ping war, which was a religious millennialist rebellion with some communistic organizational tendencies. Predatory European economic activity grew.

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.