CHINA, QING Dynasty, 1644-1911 AD, 1 cash, no date (1799-1808 AD), Hangzhou mint, Zhejiang, Obverse: JIA QING TONG BAO, 2-dot closed head TONG, Reverse: BOO JE L-R, brass, 23mm, 3.83g, Coastal Provinces style, H22.553, KM471, C4-2, odd mintmark, F

Out of stock

SKU: r278a9240 Categories: , Tag:


In the Jia Qing period a rebellion led by a vegetarian and gender-egalitarian religious group called the White Lotus Society endured for eight years. Famine produced large migrations of Han Chinese into Manchuria and Mongolia. There was unrest in Xinjiang. “Coastal Provinces style” refers to a generally shorter and broader calligraphy with a greater degree of variability than the “Board of Revenue” style of the mint in Beijing.

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.