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May 2015

Two Rare Coins Discovered in Ningxia

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Two rare ancient Chinese coins were recently discovered in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region (宁夏回族自治区) according to an official government website. According to an article on the Pengyang County (彭阳县) website published May 11, 2015, one coin is from the Western Xia (西夏 ) and the other coin is from the Northern Song dynasty. [...]

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Chinese “Laid to Rest” Burial Charm

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There is a certain Chinese bronze "coin" that is not included in Chinese coin catalogues. It is sometimes referred to as a "charm" but is not included in Chinese charm catalogues either. It seems that no one wants to have this coin in their collection. At the left is an example of the "coin". The [...]

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Kingdom of Chu “Tian Ce Fu Bao” Gilt Bronze Coin

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Among the rarest of ancient Chinese coins is the tian ce fu bao (天策府宝) coin which was minted by Ma Yin (马殷) of the Kingdom of Chu (楚 907-951) during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. Both bronze and iron specimens exist. At the left is an example of a bronze tian ce fu [...]

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