Below is a collected list of literature about Chinese coinage. Some of the books have a short annotation supplied by collectors of Chinese coins or from Numismatic bibliographies. These references are in no particular order. Corrections, additions and annotations would be appreciated. KM You'll find over pages jam packed with precise details and current pricing valuations in up to four grades of condition in this internationally acclaimed world coin collector's "bible".
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Old Chinese Coins
The most commonly encountered Chinese cash date from the Ching Dynasty and have the Manchurian "BOO" character on the reverse left hand side. This character only occurs on Ching Dynasty cash, so it it is present on the back of your coin, click here, or on the image , to go to a page that lists the Ching Dynasty obverse types. The most common non-Ching Chinese cash coins are shown below. If you see one that matches your coin, just click on the image and it will take you to the listing for that type. Click on the appropriate image. If this character occurs on only one types, you will be taken to the appropriate part of our reference listing. If it occurs on more than one type, you will be shown images of the coins we have listed with that character and if you find your coin just click on the image to go to a listing of it.
CHINESE COINS & CURRENCY
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Scientists have tracked exchange and trade through the archaeological record, starting in Upper Paleolithic when groups of hunters traded for the best flint weapons and other tools. First, people bartered, making direct deals between two parties of desirable objects.
Workers found large number of ancient coins at a construction site in Baishui county of Weinan, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, on Nov 9, and archaeologists said most coins belong to Song Dynasty Zhao Zhangfeng, director of Baishui cultural relics office, said that police received the report of the discovery around 11 am on Nov 9, and police soon arrived at the site and cordoned it off. Archaeologists later arrived at the site and collected about , coins, weighing kilograms. A few coins date back to Tang Dynasty , and most are of Song Dynasty. Zhao said that few people could have so many coins at that time, and initial analysis showed that the coins belong to the old-style Chinese private bank that buried the coins during wars.