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January 2015

‘Kai Yuan Tong Bao’ Clay Mould

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The world's only known specimen of a Tang Dynasty clay mould used to cast kai yuan tong bao (开元通宝) coins is now on public display according to Chinese news reports dated January 6, 2015. This very rare clay mould (钱陶范), which is classified as a "national treasure" (国宝级), was unearthed in Shutang on August 17, [...]

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Not Being Greedy Is a Treasure

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An unusual Chinese charm was recently posted to a popular Chinese coin forum in China. The charm is shown at the left. The inscription bu tan wei bao (不貪為寶) is written in seal script and translates as "not being greedy is a treasure". The phrase is a reference to a story in the Zuo Zuan [...]

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