CHINA, XIAN FENG ZHONG BAO, 10 cash, 1854-55 AD, Jiangsu mint ERROR

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CHINA, QING Dynasty, 1644-1911 AD, 10 cash, no date (1854-55 AD), Suzhou & other mints, Jiangsu, Obverse: XIAN FENG ZHONG BAO, 7-stroke BEI, Er BAO, Reverse: DANG SHI top-bottom, BOO SU left-right, brass, 33-34mm, 15.74g, H22.888, C16-6.1, ERROR: mould was deformed and the coin is oval. Looks like a crack lower right reverse but it does not go through so its just a flaw, right? VF+

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Description

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.