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Hello! Yes, it is a Chinese "cash" coin. Your picture shows the back, which has a Manchu mintmark / script for the Board of Revenue mint in Peking / Beijing. The reign would be on the other side.

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Here is the other side image (refer attached) of subject coin.

Desire date cash coin minted and estimate of value.

[Keep running into file size problems....]

If you could send a link to WHERE you can find these answers would appreciate as well.


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Well I think I finally stumbled across the solution! Please confirm what y'all think?


1 Cash - Chien-lung Boo-ciowan


Date minted: 1736



Chinese ideograms

- Top to bottom:

乾隆 = Qianlong, 6th emperor of the Qing dynasty (Manchu) 1735-1796.

- Left to right:

寶通 = Tong bao, means currency




In Manchu prints, the mint name: Boo-Ciowan (Beijing)

Lettering: ᠪᠣᠣ ᠴᡳᠣᠸᠠᠨ






Country China - Empire chine_empire.gif Value 1 Cash (0.001) Metal Cast Brass Diameter 23 mm Shape Round with a square hole Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

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Yes, that is it, though the attribution on that page is slightly incorrect.


The reign title in Wade-Giles should should be Ch'ien Lung (without the ' the word is technically different), and the reign was from 1736-1796.


This particular one, as well as the one shown on the website were not minted in 1736. Their website likely required a specific date rather than a date range, and as is commonly done, the person inputting the info chose the earliest date.


David Harthill's Qing Cash provides a comprehensive breakdown of types that permits for more specific dating, though that's primarily for a specialist collector.

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