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Chinese Coin - K'ai YŁan T'ung Pao

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1938C413.93
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:618 AD - 841 AD


The founder of the Tang dynasty, Emperor Gaozu, introduced this new coin. The characters read kaiyuan tongbao ('new beginning, circulating treasure'). Over the next couple of hundred years enormous quantities of these coins were made by casting them in clay moulds. According to legend, the mark on the reverse was the impression left in a mould by a fingernail of the famous concubine Yang Guifei.

Presented by Hilderic Friend, 1938.

Further Information

Production Period:T'ang Dynasty
Material(s):Copper alloy
Place of Origin:China

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Diameter:25 mm