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January 2013

Kaiyuan Tongbao Coins Unearthed at Fuhaiyuan Temple

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A large quantity of Tang Dynasty kaiyuan tongbao (开元通宝) coins were recently unearthed at an 1,100-year-old temple in Quanzhou (泉州), Fujian Province (福建省), according to a local newspaper report. Construction of the Fuhaiyuan (福海院) Temple in Anxi Prefecture (安溪县) began in the year 900 AD. The temple still has such ancient cultural artifacts as a [...]

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The King of Qing Dynasty Coins

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Although it is not included in most Chinese coin catalogs, this coin is known as the "King of Qing Dynasty Coins" (清钱之王). Chinese coin collectors refer to it as the "daqing one hundred" (daqing yibai 大清壹百). It is a denomination "100 cash" (壹百) coin cast at the Fuzhou (福州) mint during the reign (1850-1861) of the [...]

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“Happiness According to Your Wishes” Charm

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The Chinese love visual puns. The old charm displayed at the left recently appeared in a Chinese coin forum. Although the quality of the images may not be the best, the symbols on the reverse side of the charm are a good example of a visual pun also known as a rebus. The inscription on [...]

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Chinese archaeologists recently excavated approximately 3,500 kilograms of coins, as well as more than 100 clay coin casting moulds, from the ruins of an ancient Chinese mint dating from the 1st Century AD according to several newspaper reports. The coins were found at a site in the town of Huoluochaideng (霍洛柴登) in Ordos City (鄂尔多斯) [...]

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