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I have been a dealer specializing in Asian coins since 1966, but have not offered any ancient China coins since 2012. Many of the coins below are from the collections and duplicates of Daniel Ching and Joe DeMarco. Both had thousands of low to medium-value coins purchased from US sources during the 1970s to early 1990s. This is only a part of my stock. High value coins I sell at auction. The coin you see in the scan / photo is the one you will get, unless "SAMPLE" is in the photo. If you got an email with link to this page, then you will get another if discounts offered. Sorry there are no Qing offerings yet, but they are coming. I am glad to deal with collectors from all countries, but I do not read or speak Chinese. I collect only calligraphy varieties of Song and Qing.

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Everything should be in stock but occasionally I forget to remove a sold coin. You pay only the true USPS postal rates, no extra handling charges. I take most forms of payment including Visa / MC and [Paypal add 1% USA, 2% non-USA]. To order, tell me H#, and PRICE, OR copy and paste the entire line for each item into an email. Please erase the unwanted part if more than one coin is offered in a line. I will send an invoice same or next business day. No reply? Try THIS. Or see ORDERING INFO for more details. Order by phone: 425-369-1725 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM USA Pacific. Most of the important coins offered have been seen by at least one knowledgeable authenticator. All coins are guaranteed genuine and can be returned at any time if proven otherwise. (details . . .). Please return unwanted coins in one week, or let me know if you need more time for study. No discount now, even for large orders, but later I will discount unsold items.

ABOUT THE OFFERS . . .
Click on the PHOTO thumbnail to see the coin. (more . . .). H# is from David Hartill's Cast Chinese Coins but I have used letter supplements for varieties he does not show. (more references). My DESCRIPTIONs may focus on different details than that work. (more on varieties . . .). GRADE shown is my own. Compare some photos to my assigned grades to see if you agree with my standards. (more . . .). I have not listed the provenance (former owner) for each coin, but I may be able to tell this from the envelope - please ask. About FAKES / AUTHENTICITY; you should be concerned!

COWRIES AND I PI 400 - 220 BC & EARLIER
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  1.4   Ghost face (Ant Nose)   (possibly) Bei for "shell". 1.93gm     VF   $ 30.00
  1.9   I-Pi (Ant Money)   Lo Yi Zhu (or Ge liu zhu), 19.76mm, 3.05gm     F-VF   $ 50.00
  1.12   I-Pi   Jun (Chun), 17.2mm, 1.45gm     F   $ 47.50
SPADE MONEY ca. 400 - 250 BC
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  3.182   Square Foot   An Yang, 46mm tall, 4.95gm     VF   $ 125.00
KNIFE MONEY ca. 400 - 250 BC
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  4.6e   Qi Heavy Knife   State of Qi, 400-220 BC, Qi Fa Hua, Rev: Char "e" from Hartill chart. 51.27gm     S48, C6071, FD351 F-VF   $ 2,200.00
  4.23B   Broad Pointed   Gong, R: Blank. State of Yan, ca. 600-400 BC, 156mm, 14.70gm     VF, partially cleaned   $ 300.00
  4.40-4   Ming Knife: Curved Back, Rotated "Ming"   State of Yen, ca.350-250 BC, Rev: You & characters     VF   $ 125.00
  4.41-4   Ming Knife: Curved Back   State of Yen, ca.350-250 BC, Rev: You & characters     VF   $ 100.00
  4.42   Ming Knife: Angle Back   State of Yen, ca.250-200 BC, Rev: blank or unclear.     F+/blank   $ 65.00
  4.42-1ab   Ming Knife: Angle Back   State of Yen, ca.250-200 BC, Rev: Single character Xing (Hartill ab)     VF, crusty   $ 1,110.00
  4.42-4c   Ming Knife: Angle Back   State of Yen, ca.250-200 BC, Rev: You er     VF   $ 100.00
  4.42-5   Ming Knife: Angle Back   State of Yen, ca.250-200 BC, Rev: Zuo & 1 char.     G-Vg   $ 45.00
  4.42-6   Ming Knife: Angle Back   State of Yen, ca.250-200 BC, Rev: Nei & character     VF   $ 110.00
  4.59   Straight Knife   State of Zhao, 300-250 BC Bai (barely visible teardrop shape)     FD346   $ 350.00
LOWER GRADE EXAMPLES OFFERED HERE
OTHER EARLY MONEY FORMS ca. 400 - 220 BC
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The I pi, ant nose, or imitation cowrie monies of Chu State were used from the 8th-3rd c. BC, thus contemporary with the oldest knife and spade monies. Apparently they were controversial in Schjoth's day as he did not include them in his coinage section. Halberd money, also known as Ko money, Ge, or Je, is a small, fragile imitation of a weapon combining an ax with a spear, used in.Wu State during Spring & Autumn Annal (c.526-476 BC). Although only recently discovered, they are widely accepted by Chinese archaeologists as money due to an apparent size/denominational structure, and where they are placed in burials. Bridge Money have now been dated to c. 306-221BC and are accepted by many - but not all - Chinese numismatists as actual coins of Ba and Shu States.
  5.20c   Bridge: Loop-top, with design.   (Ch'ing or Tingle-tangle) Ba & Shu States, Szechuan, ca. 306-221BC     Design: Border, 120mm 14.35gm     Crusty   $ 60.00
  5.20j   Bridge: Loop-top, with design.   (Ch'ing or Tingle-tangle) Ba & Shu States, Szechuan, ca. 306-221BC     Design: Border & internal lines, 131mm 15.31gm     Crusty, loop broken away   $ 40.00
  5.40b   Bridge: Pierced-top, with design   (Ch'ing or Tingle-tangle) Ba & Shu States, Szechuan, ca. 306-221BC    105mm, 5.05gm     Two small sand holes   $ 45.00
EARLY BURIAL MONIES, ETC.
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  5.206   Cowrie, bone   Two-holes, white. Holes likely for attachment to clothing or funeral bier, 20-24mm long. Greenish cast may be from storage in bronze vessel.     H1.2v, Coole 51-66 Selected with worn or polished look   $ 22.50
  5.230S3   Cowrie, bone & clay   Set of 3 different: Bone with two-hole reverse, Bone with plain back& clay with plain back. 19-23mm tall. Exact pieces shown in photo.       $ 49.50
  5.386L   Clamshell & Bell   Lot of damaged clamshell burial cowries (three) and bell "money", broken.       $ 20.00
  5.604c   Bell "Money"   Wide, squared loop top, clapper; design. 51mm high x 54mm wide 34.45gm Long, functional clapper moves freely; bright, rich sound     Coole6751-52v Very sharp, two small casting holes in top (not shown)   $ 125.00
  5.604d   Bell "Money"   Wide, squared loop top, clapper; design. 66.7mm high x 56.5mm wide 38.76gm Long, functional clapper moves freely; dull sound     Coole6751-52v Very sharp, two small casting holes in top (not shown)   $ 165.00
  5.629   Bell / Gong (functional)   Musical instrument, cow bell, etc. Loop is two posts with band of metal between, Warring States, ca. 480 BC., 72x48mm, 95gm.     Small casting holes, slight bend in loop   $ 85.00
  5.650a   Shield / Gold Cake   Rough terracotta piece with flat bottom and pattern on domed top, attributed to Western Han. A.k.a. Carapace Money. 45mm, 23.86gm.       $ 40.00
  5.731   Ax   Functional tool or weapon. Rectangular perforation for shaft locking. 83gm, 87mm       $ 110.00
  5.805   Arrows (crossbow)   Tri-blade, fluted at bottom, bits of iron shafts inserted. Warring States period. Mostly30-40mm point plus variable tang. Ramsden #41. Found on the “Cavalry plains” of Mongolia by sheep ranchers, dated to ca.378-221 BC, and exactly the type found in the famous tomb of Shih Huang-ti.     SAMPLES Shown. Available: 5.805a) Crusty, some minor chips 7.50; 5.805b) Good: Some crustiness $9.00; 5.805c) Best quality $12.50   $
  5.815   Arrows (crossbow)   Tri-blade, flat sides. Mongolia area(?), ca. 200BC-200AD. Most 22-29mm long plus rusted iron tang. Ramsden #38.     SAMPLES Shown. Crusty   $ 10.00
  5.840   Arrows with shafts   Available: 5.840a) Clumped pair of long 146mm arrows with shafts. Intact $75;   5.840b) Crossbow bolt 139mm. Chips & crusty $27.50;   5.840c) Crossbow bolt 142mm, Tip missing $20       $ $20 - $75
MORE VARIETIES OFFERED HERE
ZHOU ROUND COINS ca. 350 - 220 BC
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  6.17   Yi Hua   State of Yan, 300-220 BC. One hua SAMPLES shown:     F   $ 15.00
BAN LIANG ca. 350- - 119 BC
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  7.1   Ban liang, early   Warrig States issue, 38.22mm with sprue, 14.03gm     FD-nl, S83, HG147/3 VF   $ 225.00
  7.6   Ban liang   Warring States, Emp. Shen Ching Wang, 336 BC, (variety attrib. by Roger Doo) 36.60mm, 7.91g     FD385, S79, HG148/1 F-VF, crusty   $ 65.00
  7.31   Liang Ban   Reversed inscription, large thin characters. 23.4mm, 2.315g     F   $ 30.00
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WESTERN HAN 206 BC - 25 AD
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  8.10N   Wu Zhu: Rim bump below   Hsuan-di, BC147-168, with control mark half-dot below center hole. Mould defect produces cloud-like element above. Not significant, but interesting.     VF-EF   $ 30.00
MORE VARIETIES OFFERED HERE
WANG MANG 7 - 23 AD
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  9.1q   Da Quan Wu Shi: Early?   Heavy piece with good calligraphy but crude rims, including unfiled sprue. Could be earliest issue, or provincial, or even contemporary fake. 29.28mm, 7.81gm.     VF   $ 20.00
  9.1&   Da Quan Wu Shi: MOULD   Metal "ashtray type" four-coin mould, two up and two down, 361gm, 84.9x82mm.     Crusty but clear   $ 2,250.00
  9.6N   Da Quan Wu Shi: Error?   Too-heavy piece, reverse shows diagonal lines, especially in SE corner. Mould cracking, or halves not bound tightly enough?? 28.13mm, 9.46gm     VF   $ 35.00
  9.14B   Xiao Quan Zhi Yi   Value One, Variety: Large Zhiand sharper rim, 15.29mm, 0.80gm.     VF   $ 40.00
  9.29D   Spade: Value 1000   Da Bu Heng Qian VARIETY: No line above hole, Da arms down; SMALL characters. About 55-57mm tall x 24mm wide; 15.20gm     F-VF   $ 85.00
  9.30A   Spade: Value 25   Huo Bu Variety: Smooth, squared edges. 57-58x22mm; 15.71gm.     EF-UC, pale patina   $ 75.00
  9.30A   Spade: Value 25   Huo Bu Variety: Smooth, squared edges. 57-58x22mm; 16.79gm.     EF-UC   $ 85.00
  9.30B   Spade: Value 25   Huo Bu Variety: Ridged edges, sometimes with flashing. 57-58x22mm; 18.41gm.     VF-EF, brown   $ 110.00
  9.60C   Huo Quan: Biscuit   Early-Middle issue (large & thick, range 8-14gm). 10.0gm, 26.8mm.     AVF   $ 35.00
  9.54B   Huo Quan: Corner lines reverse   Dashes from corners do not meet outer rim. 23.66mm, 3.65gm.     EF crusty   $ 75.00
  9.64a   Huo Quan: No rim: Chicken Eye   Similar in fabric to Eastern Wu and Western Jin issues (c. 222-317 AD) and probably belonging to this period according to R. Doo. 12.7mm, 0.447g     FD668-669v, S-nl, HG220/3   $ 40.00
  9.70B   Bu Quan   Dashes at lower corners inner rim obverse, and open "bubble" above center rim.     EF-UC, light soil   $ 40.00
  5002   Charm: Da Quan Wu Shi   Rev: ?, Turtle?, Constellation, Branch?, 24.95mm, 3.15gm. Ca. Yuan Dynasty. Actual charms of the Wang Mang era are extremely rare. A similar piece (also Yuan-era) recently brought $600+18% in Steve Album sale #21, Lot 753, while two similar pieces on Chinese auctions failed to reach estimates in the $1000-2000 range.     VF   $ 550.00
  5005   Charm: Da Quan Wu Shi   Rev: Turtle, Constellation, Snake, Sword, 17.4mm, 2.15gm. Ca. Yuan Dynasty. Actual charms of the Wang Mang era are extremely rare. A larger piece (also Yuan-era) recently brought $600+18% in Steve Album sale #21, Lot 753.     AEF   $ 250.00
MORE VARIETIES OF COMMON TYPES OFFERED HERE
WU ZHU - EASTERN HAN & LATER FROM AD 25
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  10.10   Wu Zhu: Full rims   Small coin with full inner and outer rims both sides. Kingdom of Shu, 221-263, Szechuan (not Gansu). 21.50mm, 2.14gm.     S224 F, very crusty   $ 30.00
  10.18   Wu Zhu, iron   Outer & inner rims both sides, long dashes at corners reverse. Avg. 19-21mm, 3gm. Liang Dynasty, 523 AD     S232 SAMPLES shown. Vg $19.50; Fine   $ 27.50
  10.25W   Wu Zhu: Right Rim, Bulk   Western Wei Dynasty, late issues of Emp. Wen, ca. 547 AD. Mixed sizes & weight from an uncirculated hoard, slightly crusty with red & green patina.     SAMPLE LOT shown. Per-10 pieces:   $ 30.00
  10.26   Wu Zhu: Right Rim   Type: Zhu head straightt, hour glass wu. Called the White Coin for the silvery quality of the metal. Sui Dynasty, late issues of Emp. Wen, ca. 547 AD. 23.5mm, 2.88gm.     EF   $ 50.00
  10.27   Wu Zhu: Outer ring   Thread ring, or Yan Huan. Late Eastern Han.     S304, 305 SAMPLES shown: Brown VF (cleaned & retoned) $12; Green VF (fairly even patina, sharp characters)   $ 12.00
  10.29   Wu Zhu: Tiny, sharp   Tiny, well-made with deep fields. Western Han Dynasty, Emp. Wu Di Distinctive type, a burial coin according to Roger Doo. 12mm, avg. 0.63gm. S208-210     FD597, S208-210 shown: F-VF, crusty $5.00; Hoard EF-UC chalky gray, or brown EF   $ 15.00
  10.32   Wu Zhu   Eastern Han, Dot above hole, note Zhu is slightly larger than the hole, distinguishing from W. Han issues.     S260 Hoard, probably as-made, but look Fine. Cleaned. Samples shown. ($4 each per 5+)   $ 6.50
  10.33   Wu Zhu: Corner lines   "Four horns," short strokes at obverse corners. S178a     SAMPLES shown: EF, crusty $19.50; VF, grn/brn $21.50; EF, brown   $ 26.50
  10.49   Qiuzi Wuzhu       FD-nl, S-nl, HG190/3, XN67a F+, green   $ 225.00
  10.72   Wu Zhu: control marks   Middle E. Han, dash below Zhu, "eleven" rev. L. Control marks for licensed feudal mint.     F   $ 40.00
  10.75B   Wu Zhu: control marks   Middle E. Han, two dots above hole, control devices of a licensed feudal mint.     F+, crusty   $ 25.00
MORE VARIETIES OFFERED HERE
THREE KINGDOMS 221 - 280 AD
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  11.1AR   Zhi Bai Wu Zhu   Variety: Lighter coin than usual, but not much smaller; Rosette hole. 26.37mm, 4.48gm.     VF   $ 65.00
  11.15   Zhi Bai   Kingdom of Shu, 221-265, or Minor Han. Value one hundred. 18.52mm, 1.26gm.     FD522, S188 Vg   $ 75.00
JIN DYNASTY AND SIXTEEN KINGDOMS 265 - 420 AD
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NORTH AND SOUTH DYNASTIES 420 - 581 AD
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  13.23A   Yong An Wu Zhu   Northern Wei, Xiao Zhuangdi, 529-531, Variety: Yong R radical's arch below center; Zhu bottom below hole; Wu is bent "X"; Characters thick. 24.0mm, 2.79gm.     FD608v, S239 hoard EF-UC, crusty   $ 45.00
  13.23G   Yong An Wu Zhu   Northern Wei, Xiao Wudi, 532- ca. 534, Variety: Yong R radical's arch below center; Zhu bottom even with hole; Wu is perfect "X"; Characters thin. 23.9mm, 2.40gm.     FD608v, S237v hoard EF-UC   $ 45.00
  13.27   Chang Ping Wu Zhu   Northern Qi Dynasty (550 - 577), Emp. Wen Xuan, 550-59. Issued 553. About 25mm, 3.2-4.2gm.     FD613, S242, HG268/1 SAMPLES shown: VF $17.50; Hoard EF-UC   $ 25.00
  13.30   Wu Xing Da Bu   Northern Zhou Dynasty (557 - 581), Emp. Wu, 561-78. Issued 574. . 28mm, 4.40gm.     FD640v, S246, HG270/1 EF   $ 85.00
  13.30M   Wu Xing Da Bu, Charm   Northern Zhou Dynasty (557 - 581), Emp. Xuan, 579-81. Double sided. An old charm, possibly contemporary. 27.3mm, 6.38gm.     FD641, S248, HG271/1 EF   $ 200.00
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TANG DYNASTY 618 - 907 AD
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  14.50E   Kai Yuan: Chang n   Variety: Large mm with rounded corners where elements join, creating a football-like single character. Doo-NL     VF, crusty   $ 25.00
  14.67   Kai Yuan: Jing n   (Jingzhao, Shaanxi)     S367 EF, crusty, edge chips   $ 12.00
  14.83L   Kai Yuan: LEAD: Tan   (Changsha, Hunan). Mintless lead Kai-yuan are scarce, but mintmarked ones are Rare. 23.5 mm, 4.320 gm.     S390v F   $ 300.00
  14.87   Kai Yuan: Xing n   (Xiangyuan, Shaanxi)     S398 AF-F+   $ 3.00
  14.90   Kai Yuan: Yan n   (Yan, Shandong), Variety: Medium mintmark, Doo 14, #59 Highly raised mm & slipped mould rev.     S391-392 AVF   $ 20.00
  14.95   Kai Yuan: Yue s   (Yue, Zhejiang)     S383 SAMPLES shown. VF   $ 10.00
  14.111A   Qian Yuan zhong bao   Illicit Value 50, Contemporary counterfeit of much larger Value 50 (H14.105) with inner circle reverse. Doo p. 103. Uncommon. 26.2mm, 4.60gm.     S359-360 Vg+   $ 20.00
  14.114P   Qian Yuan zhong bao   Variety: Large inscription. Rosette hole.     S354 VF   $ 25.00
  14.116B   Qian Yuan zhong bao: ) s   Large inscription. Dai Zong Yr. 1 (762-3 AD). Doo p. 104-105.     S362 VF-EF   $ 15.00
MANY MORE VARIETIES OFFERED HERE
FIVE DYNASTIES / TEN KINGDOMS 907 - 960 AD
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  15.12   Zhou Yuan tong bao   Later Zhou Dynasty, Emp. Shi Zong, 955-60.     (S411) VF-EF   $ 20.00
  15.17   Zhou Yuan tong bao: — s   Later Zhou Dynasty, Emp. Shi Zong, 955-60. Note: bar below may be thick in middle, resembling downward crescent.     S422 VF   $ 17.50
  15.22   Zhou Yuan tong bao: • s, ( n   Later Zhou Dynasty, Emp. Shi Zong, 955-60. Variety: Sun & Moon control marks rev.; Rev rim broad. This and crudity of coin suggest a licensed private mint; or it could be a Vietnames coin, or even a contemporary Chinese charm - see Hartill GCC #2.106. 22.8mm, 2.12gm.     S427 AF/Vg   $ 25.00
  15.42   Qian De yuan bao   Former shu Kingdom: Wang Yan 919-25     S433 SAMPLES shown: Vg $8.50; AF-F   $ 12.50
  15.46   Xian Kang yuan bao   Former shu Kingdom: Wang Yan 919-25     S434 Vg+   $ 25.00
  15.80   Tang Guo tong bao   Southern Tang Kingdom: Emp. Yuan Zu, 943-61, AD 959 onward; Seal script.     S441 shown: Hoard EF-UC   $ 10.00
  15.90   Tang Guo tong bao   Southern Tang Kingdom: Emp. Yuan Zu, 943-61; Li script, Variety: Small size 20-20.5mm.     S444 SAMPLES shown. Hoard EF-UC   $ 26.50
  15.99   Kai Yuan tong bao   Southern Tang Kingdom: Emp. Li Yu, 961-78; Seal script.     S446 SAMPLES shown. VF   $ 6.00
  15.162   Yong An Yi Bai   Liu Dynasty of You Zhou (Hebei), IRON 100 Cash, 32.3 mm, 14.757 gm.     FD835, S-nl, HG396/4 Crude   $ 1,200.00
MORE VARIETIES OFFERED HERE
NORTHERN SONG DYNASTY 1127 - 1279 AD
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References: "GKD" = Northern Song Dynaasty Cash Variety Guide (Kosen Daizen), v. 2-7, by Norman Gorny.
  16.58   Xiang Fu yuan bao   IRON 10 Cash, 36.1 mm, 17.231 g     FD890, S478, HG432/2 Vg   $ 65.00
  16.99Y   Huang Song tong bao   Seal script, Variety as H16.99, but much larger and thicker with broad rims. Reverse slightly off center. 28.05mm, 5.83gm.     Hua Guangpu (Ed.), Zhongguo Guqian Daji, V.2 (Song Dynasties), p. 457 is the only listing I can find for this coin, with a value equivalent to US$3200. VF   $ 1,500.00
  16.122B   Kang Ding yuan bao   IRON, Variety: small characters. Rare reign title.     FD911, S503v, HG447/2, J226, GKD503.02 Good   $ 350.00
  16.126B   Qing Li zhhong bao   IRON 3 Cash, Variety: small characters 35.154 mm     HG450/1 F   $ 45.00
  16.A148   Jia You yuan bao   Regular scripts, Variety: Huge characters; Pao not tilted.     FS #225, GKD515.08 "R5" Vg   $ 200.00
  16.179   Xi Ning yuan bao   Seal script, Rev: Heng, mintmark for Henzhou, Hunan. Mintmark appears to have been covered (solder?) at one time, then scraped clean. Ex-Daniel Ching collection.     F/G   $ 65.00
  16.205   Xi Ning tong bao   IRON Large cash, Variety: Tong L radical skinny with dot pointing 10:00; wide rim. 34 mm, 12.687 gm.     S543v, HG470/3 Rough F+   $ 45.00
  16.233   Yuan Feng tong bao   Li script, Variety: Tong small head. Feng top three points (vs. 2) distinguishes from common Japanese issue. 4.46gm.     (S546), GKD238 AVF   $ 200.00
  16.272C   Yuan You tong bao   IRON 3 Cash Seal script, Variety: Very large chars., almost touch each other.     S580v VF+   $ 45.00
  16.304F   Shao Sheng yuan bao   IRON 3 Cash, Seal script, Variety: Bao wide, bei square, cap rounded, cap & feet even with IRs; Sheng top slightly above IR     S597v slightly rough VF-EF   $ 20.00
  16.304J   Shao Sheng yuan bao   IRON 3 Cash, Seal script, Variety: Bao wide, bei square, cap rounded with long sides, cap & feet slightly above IRs; Sheng even with IRs; broad rim.     S597v VF+, slightly spotty   $ 25.00
  16.320   Shao Sheng yuan bao   IRON 3 Cash, Running script, Variety: Sheng spaced away from IR, base even with IR.     S598v F   $ 17.50
  16.418D   Da Guan tong bao   Slender gold script, Variety: Da R leg very high, extends well over Tong head; Tong large head (probably); Bao cap rounded on R, not touch IR; Kuan top horizontal R midway on box. Excepting the Bao cap, this is as H#418, which is a scarce variety. A Chinese dealer charged $370 in 2000 for this poorly cast specimen. but a recent Chinese valuation work shows 500RMB value.     S628v, 629v AVF but eroded-looking right side   $ 200.00
  16.440M   Zheng He tong bao   IRON 2? Cash, Seal script, Variety: As H#440, but Tong sides highly curved. H does not show any iron coins of this denomination.     S643 F   $ 35.00
  16.453B   Zheng He tong bao   IRON 3 Cash, Li script, Variety: Tong base above IR, othwise as #453, 29.7 mm, 8.889 gm.     S640v F+   $ 30.00
  16.605L   Mixed Rulers   String of 200 Cash. I got these around 2007 from a coin shop dealer in San Francisco who definitely does not know the series, but the "F-VF" tag suggests they were intended for numismatic sales, although the main market for bulk cash is jewelry and other crafters. Having just processed thousands of pieces from collections and bulk purchases, I don't have the energy to sort and retail these! Several strings available. Each:     SAMPLES shown.   $ 200.00
DETAILED VARIETIES OFFER, COPPER AND IRON, HERE
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY 960 - 1127 AD
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ORDERING TIP: For a specific year, order by the exact H number (example: 17.192). If year doesn't matter, order by range (example: H17.190-195) and you will get the best grade.
  17.52   Shao Xing tong bao   (1127-62)     FD1164, S689A, HG640/2, KFD272/1 VF   $ 150.00
  17.252   Chun Xi yuan bao   IRON 2 Cash, Rev. Chun above.     VF/F   $ 32.50
  17.272   Chun Xi yuan bao   IRON 2 Cash, Variety: (28.5mm); Rev. Shu Song, Crescent right.     VF/F   $ 125.00
  17.275   Chun Xi yuan bao   IRON 2 Cash, Variety: Large size (30.4mm); large characters; Rev. Tong above, blank below     VF/VF   $ 30.00
  17.345   Shao Xi yuan bao   IRON 2 Cash, Rev. Narrow Chun & 5.     VF-EF   $ 35.00
  17.350   Shao Xi yuan bao   IRON 2 Cash, Rev. Han & 4. Commonest year. Note: Hanyang 2 Cash are larger and heavier than Quichun or Tongan.     S779 VF+/F+   $ 40.00
  17.356   Shao Xi yuan bao   IRON 2 Cash, Rev. Tong & 4. Commonest year.     SAMPLES shown: VF+   $ 35.00
  17.380   Shao Xi tong bao   IRON 2 Cash, ABRL, Rev. Tong & 2.     AVF/F+   $ 35.00
  17.422N   Qing Yuan tong bao   IRON 2 Cash ARBL, Variety: Small characters (as #399); Rev. Chun & 1. Looks as though the mould was scratched to produce a rightward flourish on Qing, though there is also a thinner trail across the bottom of Yuan which doesn't make sense aesthetically. A lovely specimen in any case.     AEF   $ 45.00
  17.427B   Qing Yuan tong bao   IRON 2 Cash ARBL, Variety: Small characters (as #399); Rev. Chun & 6.     S816 VF/VF   $ 27.50
  17.434   Qing Yuan tong bao   IRON 2 Cash ARBL, Rev. Han & 5. (Calligraphy varies by year.)     VF+/VF   $ 40.00
  17.440   Qing Yuan tong bao   IRON 2 Cash ARBL, Rev. Tong & 4.     S811 AVF/AVF   $ 25.00
  17.522   Kai Xi tong bao   IRON 2 Cash, Rev. Chun & 3.     S871 VF+/VF, small crack   $ 20.00
  17.569   Jia Ding tong bao   IRON 2 Cash, ABRL, Variety: Fou bao; Rev. Chun & 1.     VF+/VF   $ 35.00
  17.574   Jia Ding tong bao   IRON 2 Cash, ABRL, Variety: Er bao; Tong head closed (H rubbing #570); Rev. Chun & 5.     S910 AVF   $ 20.00
  17.617   Jia Ding yuan bao   IRON 2 Cash, ARBL, Rev. Han above, crescent below.     VF/AF   $ 22.50
  17.679B   Da Song yuan bao   1225; Variety: Pao short & broad, long right leg; Rev. Yuan (Yr. 1) small. Scarce date, rare variety. A realistic Chinese reference prices at RMB2,000.     S959 F+/AF   $ 200.00
  17.689   Da Song yuan bao   2 Cash, Yr. 3     S962 VF, crusty   $ 30.00
  17.721   Duan Ping yuan bao   1234; Rev: Yuan (Yr. 1)     S981 Vg+   $ 25.00
  17.741   Duan Ping tong bao   5 Cash, Variety: Bao tall, bei open; Tong head nearly closed, 36mm, 12.63gm.     S983v VF   $ 85.00
  17.742   Duan Ping tong bao   5 Cash, Variety: Bao wide bei open; Tong head open, 37.5mm, 13.73gm. Rosette hole.     S983 VF-EF, crusty   $ 85.00
  17.777B   Jia Xi zhong bao   5 Cash, Variety: Large characters (Bao touches IR & OR). 37.2mm, 11.44gm. Jiangnan Mint.     S999v VF   $ 100.00
  17.827   Kai Qing tong bao   1259; Yr. 1     S1036 Vg brown or green $6.00; F brn or green   $ 10.00
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TARTAR DYNASTIES 1115 - 1280 AD
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  18.14   LIAO: Xian Yong tong bao   1065-74;     FD1623, S1067, HG820/1 Vg, clip   $ 15.00
  18.19B   LIAO: Shou Chang yuan bao   1095-1101; Variety: Yuan L hook ; Shou top horizontals slanted. 23.6mm, 3.41gm. Ex-Daniel Ching     FD1628, S1072, HG825/1 Vg   $ 45.00
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YUAN DYNASTY 1280 - 1368 AD
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  19.20D   Tai Ping tong bao   Kublai Khan, Yuan satrapy in Dali district of Yunnan, 25.00mm, 5.17gm (Attribution not from published sources; opinions vary; See Hartill p.247). INFORMATIONAL PHOTO showing Five coins in series.       $ 200.00
  19.46   Da Yuan tong bao   10 Cash, Mongol Script, 41.5mm, 19.88gm.     FD1733, S1099 VF-EF, light multicolor patina   $ 125.00
  19.46   Da Yuan tong bao   10 Cash, Mongol Script, 41.9mm, 20.77gm.     FD1733, S1099 F   $ 60.00
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MING DYNASTY 1368 - 1644 AD
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References: "M" = Da Ming Quan Pu by Liu Zheng-Zhu, 2009; "KM" = Standard Catalog of World Coins 1601-1700, 5th Ed.
  Z9   Ming Rulers Set   Twelve Emperors, Ming & Rebels: Da Zhong 1361-68 H21.1/2; Hong Wu 1368-98 H20.57/58; Yong Le 1403-24 H20.121; Xuan Zong 1426-35; Xiao Zong 1488-1505 H124; Shi Zong 1522-67 H20.128; Shen Zong 1573-1620 H20.140; Xi Zong 1621-27 H20.180; Chong Zhen 1628-44 H20.248+; Rebels: Li Yong 1674-78 H21.85+; Zhao Wu 1678 21.105+; Hong Hua 1679-81 H21.112+.     Mostly Vg-F+   $ 17.50
  20.45   Da Zhong tong bao   10 Cash, Rev. 10 above, 45.4mm, 18.10gm.     FD1884, S1134, HG949/2 rough G+/AF   $ 25.00
  20.99   Hong Wu tong bao   5 Cash, Rev. Wu qian right. 41.15mm, 17.8gm.     S1157, FD1934 EF/VF but seriously cracked, fragile   $ 29.50
  20.111E   Hong Wu tong bao   10 Cash Rev: Shi / Yi Liang, Variety: Tong head open; Shi short arms, left higher; Yi very low vs IR; Liang L leg even with IR.     S1158v, FD1946v, M169? Vg   $ 100.00
  20.126-27   "Guizhou Local"   SEE H19.20 for listings.       $
  20.147   Wan Li tong bao   Rev. Small open circle on top IR, Variety: Bei closed.     S1187, FD1972, K1.3 M994 AF   $ 20.00
  20.185M   Tian Qi tong bao   Rev. normal-sized dot well below bottom IR, Variety: similar #180     S1205v, K25.5v, M1523,1526 AF   $ 35.00
  20.193   Tian Qi tong bao   Rev. Hu (BoR), Variety: similar #180; Hu normal size.     S1207v, 1208v, FD1990, K26v SAMPLES shown: hoard EF-UC, slight crustiness   $ 20.00
  20.213   Tian Qi tong bao   Rev: Yi qian R, Yi Fen L, Variety: Tong head small eye, large snout (as #201), 24.6mm, 2.89gm.   4/2017 NOTE: Under investigation as a contemporary counterfeit at Zeno#183932     FD1994, K31.10v, M1385 Vg   $ 950.00
  20.229   Tian Qi tong bao   10 Cash Rev. Shih above, Yi liang R, Variety: Tong head nearly flat; Bao cap tassle slanted moderately, 47.25mm, 34.0gm.     S1223, FD2020, K49.1 VF   $ 225.00
  20.255   Chong Zhen tong bao   Rev. Wu above, Variety: Zhen angled; Tong 1-dot; Bao bei open.     S1239, FD2042, K62 VF+   $ 30.00
  20.261   Chong Zhen tong bao   Rev: Yi above, Qian below, Variety: Zhen angled; Tong 1-dot; Bao bei open, 25mm, 3.287gm.     FD2031, S1241, HG1042/5, K64 AF, cleaned   $ 20.00
  20.306M   Chong Zhen tong bao   Rev. Open circle above, Zhen straight; Tong 1-dot, 25.2mm, 3.62gm.     S1234v, FD2029v, K58.3v, M2279 VF   $ 20.00
  20.310   Chong Zhen tong bao   Rev. Hu below, Variety: Zhen straight; Tong 1-dot.     FD2046, S1249, K70 VF-EF   $ 20.00
  20.311M   Chong Zhen tong bao   Rev: Hu Jiu above & below, Sun & Moon R & L. Probably a secret society coin, privately made during or shortly after this reign.     VF+, slightly crusty   $ 750.00
  20.313   Chong Zhen tong bao   2 Cash, Rev. Jiang above, 2 R, Zhen straight; Tong 1-dot, 26.1mm, 3.40gm.     S1279, K101, M1956 F, sand holes   $ 85.00
  20.318N   Chong Zhen tong bao   Rev. Jiu(?) above, Zhen straight; Tong 1-dot. Different base radical than character found on #268, Daxi 2918-20, M1833, etc. The usual varieties with either angle- or straight-arm Zhen are scarce, but this variety seems to be unrecorded. 24.13mm, 2.84gm.     VF   $ 450.00
  20.322M   Chong Zhen tong bao   Rev. official 8 fen (#308) below, Zhen straight; Tong 3-dot. 24.64mm, 2.70gm.     FD2037v, S1245v, K68.1v Vg+   $ 17.50
  20.355   Chong Zhen tong bao   Rev: Horse below Variety: Zhen straight; Tong 1-dot, head flat with hook pointing N. Board of Revenue, a mint-made regular-issue cash coin where the horse may have been an unusually complex control mark. , 2.11gm, 23.6mm.     S1277v, 78v, FD2079v, K95.1, M2303 VF   $ 155.00
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SOUTHERN MING & QING REBELS 1644 - 1681 AD
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  21.14   Xing Chao tong bao   1 Fen, Rev. Yi fen, Variety: Yi feet verical; Bao bei closed, 48.7mm, 18.92gm.     S1333v,, FD2143v, K181?, M2732 hoard EF-UC, patchy color rev.   $ 175.00
  21.45   Yong Li tong bao   1646-59; Variety: Large characters; Tong 1-dot; Yong R leg kicks out, 25.2-26mm, avg. 4.0gm.     S1296v, FD2113, K128.1 AF-F $3.50; VF (file marks) $5.50; VF+   $ 8.50
  21.88   Li Yong tong bao   Rev. Li L, Normal-size coin, small characters, wide rims.     K186.2 F, file marks $15.00; F+   $ SOLD
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QING & TAIPING REBELS 1616 - 1912
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  Hartill, David   Cast Chinese Coins   The now standard reference from 650 BC to 1912, over 5000 listings with rubbings, X-refs to S and FD, and rarity guide, informed by latest Chinese research and archaeological finds. Historical background and contemporary accounts of coinage use. Numerous maps, charts & finding list. A "type" catalog, with some varieties, though more specialized works are needed for varieties of Banliang, Wuzhu, Song, etc..   2017 "2nd edition" is pretty much the same, from a different printer;   474p, sc, 8x11", 2005, List price $49.95     Minimum book post outside USA is $31   $ 39.00
  Semans, S. & Smith, B.   Daniel K.E. Ching Sale 6/2/91Specialized auction of Chinese cast and struck coins, banknotes, charms, exonumia, Japan, and other Asia in a quality format auction of 1375 lots, about 40% illustrated.  Informative mini-articles by Bruce Smith, census figures for modern coins.     Minimum book post outside USA is $31   $ 25.00
  China Guardian   Auction Catalogs This large Beijing firm conducts auctions in many collectibles fields, publishing high quality full color catalogs since at least 2003. Numismatic catalogs (2-4 per year) cover ancient, modern, sycee, charms, banknotes, etc. in various combinations. Older catalogs are difficult to obtain. Bilingual English/Chinese. U.S. agent Richard Ho can provide current catalogues at around $55 each. We have a number of past catalogs in stock; please inquire.     Minimum book post outside USA is $31   $ 35.00
  Gorny, Norman F.   Northern Song Dynasty Cash Variety Guide Improved version of earlier 7-part work. Detailed variety guide to copper & iron, including multiples. Varieties are clearly illustrated, with rarity ratings and description of differentiating features; new numbering system. Brief historical note & commentary on on each ruler type, collector's guide, finding guide, mint list & note on matching cash. The ultimate collector's guide to the series. it may be too detailed for casual users, antidote to the stingy selection of varieties in Schjoth & Hartill. Rubbings pages lie opposite descriptions. 281p, 8.5x11, 2016. Unfortunately the spiral-bind version which lies flat is (temporarily, I hope) unavailable, but I have a copy of the perfect-bind version:     Minimum book post outside USA is $31   $ 23.00
  Thierry, Francois   Les monnaies de la Chine ancienne: Des origines Ć la fin de l'Empire A by-dynasty history of the development of Chinese money with chapters on paper money, weights, calligraphy, and minting by one of the most respected western scholars in the field. Some photos, but his is not a catalog. French text, 665p,hc, 2017. Review. The U.S. distributor is out of stock, but I will have copies around January. Please advise if you would like to reserve one.     Shipment to North American addresses only.   $ 65.00