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April 2012

Chinese “10 Cash” Coins Overstruck on Korean “5 Fun” Coins thumbnail

China faced a severe shortage of small denomination coins at the end of the Qing Dynasty.  To help alleviate the shortage, the Guangdong mint in the year 1900 began to produce a new style coin that was radically different from the hand-cast bronze “cash” coins with the square hole that had been used for more [...]