China Cash Coin with Hole
China Cash Coin with Hole

As you probably know, Matthew, most coins from ancient China have holes at the center, like the example shown here. Also, none of them, at least as far as I know, have an explicit date shown in Arabic numerals. Perhaps the grade (Extra Fine, EF), and the date (1643) are written on the cardboard holder your coin is in.

Common, well worn, small (about 20 mm diameter) Chinese cash coins sell retail for $3 to $10 US dollars when in average circulated condition. Larger coins in well preserved condition can approach $100. A 1000 cash coin is big, heavy, and impressive (about 65 mm in diameter). These sell usually in the $200 range if in good shape.

Our favorite web site on ancient Chinese coins, charms, and amulets is Be sure to visit if these coins pique your interest. In addition, SportsTune may be of help.

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Coin: 374 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Matthew, Sat, 11-Apr-2009 20:12:55 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 28-Jan-2014 03:42:34 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 07-Sep-2015 14:49:46 GMT
Requester description: 1643 Alot of chinese symbols. Difficult
Tags: china cash hole shinese chin chine chian chinese chineese symbols symbol syombol symbles symbal simbol symbels symobols simble square suared squarish boxed squared boxes squares box


I have a 2-coin set with certificate of appraisement from the Technical Appraisement Committee of Xi'an Nusmismatics Society. Are they real? - Martin
Ugh. I can't find any valid reference to the Xi'an Numismatic Society, although that does not mean it does not exist. I have never heard of it. I am suspicious of any coin accompanied by a 'certificate of authenticity' because, most of the time, they are authentically worth about zero. - CoinQuest (Paul)

They look the same as the pair of coins on this page except instead of a dot, the second one has a small upside-down arc.
Martin - Martin
Hi Martin - the pictured coin is a Kai Yuan Tong Bao struck during the Tang dynasty (621-907 AD). They can have crescents, dots, or dots-in-crescents in different spots on both sides. The meaning of these symbols is not apparent. - CoinQuest (Chris)




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