Wednesday, February 16, 2011

63. China Cash Merchant Coin? Help me with identification!

image 1: reverse and obverse of the coin

    This coin was found together with Terengganu tin coins. I failed to get any information regarding this coin on the internet. Some of this Chinese coins were found still intact together. Can anyone help me to identify this coin?

   For some reading maybe you can visit this link.

    This is information that I obtained from here. Credit to bonden.

This Zheng He Tong Bao has interesting calligraphy that is both dynamic and heavily stylized. The flat part of the coin is cast so thin that holes appeared in the manufacturing proces, and I feel I could poke through anywhere with a needle. Note the elegant points on the center square on the reverse side. Sunk under water in Java, this coin corroded badly at the rim but hardly at all on the faces.

Does that ring any bell? And I still do not sure the composition of this coin.

Diameter: 24mm
Year: 1111 - 1118
Era: Northern Song, Zheng He Tong Bao 
Types: China Cash Coins


Anonymous said...

Hi mnfaj,
Impressed with these chinese cash and malayan tin pitis.
But often find difficulties determining their authenticity.
Wonder where we can get our references?

mnfaj said...

Hi whycollect,
Yes same with me. I do not know actually how to determine their authenticity, the only way I can say that this coin is authentic is only by tracking its origin. How the coins are discovered and so on, and of course I will not buy these coins from dealers. I obtained this from a treasure hunter which have low interest in numismatic. I believe there are experts in this field.

Anonymous said...

Hi mnfaj,
Suppose knowing the source of these coins like what you did is a safer way to collect them.
These coins are so rich in history that its hard to ignore them totally.
Thanks alot mnfaj ;)

Sell Gold Coins said...

Nice coin and that's rare I think. Do you know that you can earn cash for coins?

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