CHINA ZHI DAO YUAN BAO bronze 1 cash 995-98 AD


CHINA, NORTHERN SONG Dynasty, 960-1127 AD, 1 cash, no date (995-98 AD), Obverse: ZHI DAO YUAN BAO, orthodox script, bronze, 25mm, 3.27g, H16.35, S465, small flaw reverse, aVF

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The Song Dynasty was established by a rebel general who overcame his Later Zhou employer and went on to conquer the rest of the country. Military reforms produced two centuries of stability, but administrative costs reduced efficiency, and lack of preparedness invited invasion by the Jin from the north, while the Song moved their capital to the south.