About this object

History of use

Normal sized circulating coin. Issue of first Ming emperor.

Physical description

Coin, round, with a four-sided hole at the centre, a rim around the outer edge and a centre hole. The obverse has four characters, and the reverse has two characters. Hongwu tongbao (top-bottom-right-left) in Chinese characters on obverse; Beiping top (mintmark) in Chinese characters on reverse. Uneven rim widths; extra metal in centre hole; rough fields.