According to records, during the reign of Xianfeng of the Qing Dynasty (1851-1861), the peasant uprising of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom developed rapidly and established its capital in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. At this time, Yunnan copper (copper produced in Yunnan Province), which the Qing government relied on to make money, could not be transported into Beijing due to road blockage. On the one hand, the suppression of the uprising urgently required a large amount of expenditure on military salaries; on the other hand, the shortage of raw materials for casting money caused serious financial difficulties for the Qing government, which eventually forced the Qing government to issue bank notes and convert large amounts of money to make up for the financial deficit since Xianfeng's third year.
[Collection Name]: Xianfeng Yuanbao (when thousands)
[Collection specification]: diameter: 6.25cm thick: 0.41cm collection weight: 77g
In March and May of the third year of Xianfeng (1853), the household department first started casting ten large sums of money. The article said Xianfeng Yuanbao, weighing six dollars, was complementary to making money. July is an extra fifty dollars, weighing one or two or eight dollars. In November of the same year, the government ordered all provinces to make large sums of money, and to add three kinds of money: 100, 500, and 1,000. When a thousand people weigh two taels, when five hundred people weigh one or two or six dollars, copper is purple, and when one hundred people weigh one or two or four dollars, copper is yellow, all of which are polished and filtered with fine workmanship and luster like a mirror. The text reads Xianfeng Yuanbao. The 50-point deduction is one or two taels of money, the 10-point deduction is four quarters of money, the 5-point deduction is made to San Qian, and the 6-point deduction is made to two taels. In the first month of the fourth year, the baoyuan bureau made another five-dollar coin, weighing two cents and two cents. Then it was cast into 200, 300 and 400 large sums of money. In about a year's time, the Qing government made four, five, eight, ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, one hundred, two hundred, three hundred, four hundred, five hundred and about sixteen grades of Xianfeng's big money.
Xianfeng Yuanbao is one of the ancient coins in China and is regarded by collectors as a priceless treasure. The time for the regional regime to issue money is also quite short, and the circulation area is narrow, so the money produced is valuable. In addition, due to the issuance of paper money, copper coins are issued less, so the price is higher. The back of ancient coins is mostly smooth, and there are also a few special marks such as star pattern, moon pattern, four-out pattern, auspicious cloud pattern, and red finch pattern, as well as characters indicating the time of money supervision and casting. Xianfeng Yuanbao has a large amount of money with stars and moons on its back. At present, it is relatively more than 50 or 100 yuan, especially 500 yuan, especially 1000 yuan.
The coin is engraved with the four characters "Xianfeng Yuanbao" on the front and the two characters "Dangqian" on the back of the coin. The writing style is vigorous, the strokes are straight and horizontal, the layout is coordinated, and the overall calligraphy shows dignity and simplicity. Coins have good appearance, exquisite and beautiful carving, and simple and elegant format. Because of its small casting circulation, the number of Xianfeng silver ingots handed down is extremely rare, which makes this type of silver ingots cherished by collectors and worthy of collection by all Tibetan friends. In terms of format and shape, when Qian and Dang are Xianfeng big money, there is little change in the general format. When Qian, there are also two large editions, one is "Pobao Babai" and the other is "Pobao Xingkai" and "Manwen Shoubao". Due to the shortage of Yunnan copper, the short casting time, the large face value of thousands of coins, and many other reasons, the number of coins issued is extremely small. After hundreds of years of wind and frost, there are very few coins in Xianfeng silver ingots in the market. This piece of Xianfeng Yuanbao Treasure Spring is worth thousands of dollars. The coin has a beautiful and healthy face, and the inscription is clearly carved. The four characters "Xianfeng Yuanbao" are read directly, and the top and bottom "worth thousands" are worn on the back. It dominates the Manchu script to carve the name of the treasure spring. The word "treasure spring" is arranged horizontally. Coins are exquisite in copper, pure in paste, natural in distribution,
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