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More interestingly to me is that the attribution is correct, though incompletely reported.


It's a Kang Hsi "poem cash", xuan character.


To be more technical, the full attribution would be

China, 1 cash, reign of Kang Hsi (1661-1722) - Xuanhua Mint, Zhili province (open/operating 1667-1671)

cat. ref. Harthill 27.134


Xuanhua is in northern China, about 200k or so north of Beijing, so the hypothesis that it arrived via Russian traders is definitely quite plausible. However, one needs to keep in mind that cash coins were pretty much the same for two millenia, and reports from the late 1800s and early 1900s report that ancient (i.e. 1000+ year old) coins could still be found in circulation on occasion, so this may have arrived later on.

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I have heard of detectorists finding coins from the Chien Lung era ie 1736-1796 in California in gold mining areas. They are also found in some of the old gold camps in Idaho. Of course coins did circulate longer back then, and surely they came over with miners.

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