Coin

About this object

History of use

Large size circulating coin, value 10 cash coins. Higher value, due to inflation and military payments during Taiping uprising.

Physical description

Round coin with a four-sided hole in the centre, and a rim around the outer edge and the centre hole. The obverse has four characters, and the reverse has four characters. Xianfeng zhongbao (top-bottom-right-left) in formal style Chinese characters are on the obverse; boo ciowan left-right (mintmark) in Manchu, dang shi, top, bottom (value 10) in Chinese are on the reverse. Extra metal is at the rim right; extra metal is inside the centre hole; rim pits, flaws.