The Chinese Qing Long Cash Coins

Hello fellow coin collectors I am back with another post and today we're going to talk about the Chinese coins issued by King Quinlan, he was a Chinese emperor and his reign was at the end of the 1700s so 1735 to 1795 so it's actually quite a long reign and he actually did abdicate he's wanted a few Chinese emperors that actually abdicated through the son and he'd done that to his father.

So he didn't want to reign longer than what his father actually did and so if he didn't actually do it he could have actually lost that quite a bit longer probably into the 1800s so that is a sign that he was more of a moderate and a fair emperor, unlike other rulers, have been in the past so if we have a look at the actual coin the top and bottom is Qing long.

So Quinn Long's a mandarin and on this side, we have a Tong Bao. so official currency or something like that and here I've got the actual page so these coins are pretty much value to back to $2 I tend to want to actually get these coins in bulk so I usually pay for between one and two dollars for each coin but they shouldn't actually cost too much to actually again and as you can see the screen is 24millimeters and the average weight of these coins to bear three and a half to four and a half grams.

 I have seen coins are actually two and a half grams up into five grams so because these coins were actually cast so modern coins were actually minted so you can see a lot of pitting and a lot of so when people mean caste and saying see how there are a lot of dots in it lots of pitting this one's a bit rough in the background this is smooth so that would have been worn down a bit and when you get a lot of ancient Romans and Greek coins and also Europeana's well and they say it's been cast this is actually what they mean you can see all these detailing the cars going but in Chinese, it's actually pretty normal and they actually did not actually use the striking method that we did in theWestern and India.

So the coins are actually struck like this Roman coin which gives it a more clear field this one to be created better detail or also this coin here and this coin here even it's just a legend is based on the tradition is used by the Greeks which are the Romans adopted so it's also a struck coin so you can actually see that if it's cast there's probably would be bubbles in it that would actually disturb the actual written form so it'll be a lot harder to actually interpret what it actually means.

you should look at these Chinese cash coins even though it has a simple inscription he does have some actually see some breakage just so as a break each day is like there's a bubble right in the middle there and but this one is actually quite good to let me see if I can get a one that's not as clear so here's one it's not as clear as you can see there's a lot of arm breakages in the actual coin a lot of putting a lot of bubbles so that's what actually can happen to a cast coin to actually make it a little bit not as readable and striking so that's one thing now.

If you'll notice is that there are different sizes so here you can see that oh there's a different Emperormaybe maybe not it's maybe it's just a different script okay you just want the same script so here we have two the same script as you can see this one actually has a lot of problems with the casting method and there is a difference in size so it doesn't mean it there is a difference in white there is a difference in size probably about three or four millimetres and this is actually caused by the actual coin they used to impress in the actual clay and if you're looking at you can see these are actually two different mints.

So this is our Board of Works so let me get one exactly the same in suborder works and the same Emperor and what actually causes this well when I actually put the actual coin in the clay so I actually get the coin they can press it in the clay on one side and actually make a branch so to have like a few coins going up like this so they have them spaced like that then they have a branch going up with a connection to each and that's so they can actually have a central point we'd actually potty actual metal in metal goes down files up these spaces and then I can actually take apart the actual tree.

So that's what it's actually called a tree and after they actually in Casa coins these actually shrink because of metal when you know if you know any chemistry when an element is hot, not only metal anything else even our skin it actually expands and then when it cools and solidifies so it turns into a solid it actually contracts and that's what actually happens to these coins and if you actually use this coin to make another coin it's gonna actually be smaller then the original coin so probably turned out to be probably a millimetre smaller so probably like that and if you use that coin hmm make another coin it's gonna turn that small as well and then if you keep on going and continuing in that process.

So you've got the ancestral process of the actual coin, and eventually, you'll get to a small coin which is caused by just the shrinkage in the actual metal itself so that's why these coins actually are different sizes now in Chinese means they actually had a master coin so that's a coin that I actually used to first put the other coins and notes are actually quite big so probably about that big so this might have been a master coin would just have been one of the first coins actually produce this is actually a different Emperor and these were kept at the mint that we're not supposed to be for circulation.

They're supposed to be to make the actual flower tree and even though the coins shrink so these coins here actually the normal size for a cash coin and if I show you to the older coins so here we have paid this is a whole goal for Wang men so this is about two thousand years old and here we have a tycoon from the TangDynasty so it's probably six to nine hundred so it's okay one thousand four hundred to one thousand one hundred years old and as you can see although they're a little bit smaller most coins are actually pretty much detain size coins so gonna take that one and show comparison it's a little bit about one or two millimetres smaller, but it actually suits the size range so as you can see in Tang Dynasty coins had a similar inscription as he clings long coin as well so most of the coins thatI've got at a Board of Revenue and we have a look at the actual coins I'veactually put in flips you can see.

This is the Board of Revenue where any other ones okay here I have another one this is Coll COI one so what he meant you inscription so this is to imagine this smoothie just means mean and this is the actual mint name itself Co one so that the Board of Revenue and it actually translates the fountainhead of currency and then we have the same one another board of Revenue here they are I understand and here we have a board of works so its different inscription and theirs are both Beijing so as you can see this bowl you won the source of all currency board of Works then we have the means are actually provincial so they are actually around different areas of China.

This is bold you boo you this is mu chanmu Bai and then we have the Gong si mean oh boy as you can see they're different inscriptions so the boo was also always the same but in earlier don't rain of the Emperor's actually might have had this in actual Chinese or maybe a mixture of mentoring choice but I'll doa video on that later this is born T tink ya and as you can say queen long Tong Bao and you can see that the actual variation in the actual star of the calligraphy although the casting does alter that a little bit from the original but today basically what you should what a Chinese cash coin actually looks like.

These provincial ones are pretty much probably about three or four dollars each I would say because they're not as common they would have been minted for a just the region and regions around it but these ones made in Beijing would have been minted for the whole country and if I mean wasn't working for a certain area they just would have transported these to the area that needed actual coins and that certain periods of time there was private mints actually operated so and certain periods of time individuals actually.

 I make the ring coins like the Black sea's mainly probably shops they could have ordered coins from blacksmiths and then I circulated and Miss change but generally, those are usually to make a profit so they would have been slightly smaller in white than the actual official coin because there was no real reason for a central government to actually make these at a lesser price or it just would debase the currency and then there would have actually had to make more also.

Another thing is that china at this time they never used gold or silver coins so when someone actually says is that Oh Karen real currency is gold in silver and if it's not gone into the oven it's not real money world that's not really how it has worked in the past it's usually based on the two people agreeing on a to exchange one product for another in China has always used up until 1880 in God's in gold and silver.

They would have actually weighed the gold and silver and that's if you get a lot of coins that would have circulated in China they have a lot of what they called chop marks on them I don't think I have any, yeah but I did just in impressions on the coin used to test to see what's actually real gold or silver and usually in Chinese character as well so I hope this post was informative about Qing Tong Bao Chinese cash coin and I'll leave a link down below to eBay so you can check to see if there are any good Chinese cash coins that you can actually buy and like I say thank you very much and have a good day.

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