CHINA, XINJIANG, GUANG XU DING WEI, 10 cash, 1907 AD, Kuche mint


CHINA, XINJIANG, QING Dynasty, 1644-1911 AD, 10 cash, 1907 AD, Kuche mint, Obverse: GUANG XU DING WEI, Reverse: XIN SHI top-bottom, BOO CHUAN left-right, copper, 25mm, 3.7g, H22.1490, unlisted in SCWC, crude, VG

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This is one of two dated Qing dynasty coins.

This is one of two dated Qing dynasty coins.

Xinjiang (Sinkiang) is the western region of China. Dominant ethnic groups are historically Turkic and Mongol, including Uighurs and Kyrghiz. Coinage is at least as old as the 5th century AD, and has included both Chinese and Islamic manufacturing methods and styles.

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.