Authentic Silver Proof Tang Dynasty Kai Yuan Tong Bao Extremely Rare 621 AD
Ancient China, the Tang Dynasty
Silver Proof, Extremely Rare
Kai Yuan Tong Bao, A.D. 618-907
Early type (621-718) Wu De Kai Yuan
History book recorded, one emperor of Tang Dynasty (Xuan Zong) c.700 AD, during his festival, he stood on a tower and threw thousands of gold and silver coins down to his people for celebration. If you were lucky you will pick some.
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Weight: 5 grams; Size: 25 mm
A Silver Kai Yuan.
Silver (and gold) Kai Yuans were used as presentation pieces or playthings at the court, not circulating currency. Sometimes they were used to commemorate the first time an imperial son was washed: Emperor Xuanzong personally went to observe it, was pleased, and rewarded the Secondary Consort washing-of-the-son gold and silver coins.
Early type (621-718)
The top stroke of Yuan is short. Known as the Wu De Kai Yuan, as it was first cast during this period. Finds of Kai Yuan from tombs that can be dated to the first hundred years of the Tang Dynasty confirms that this was the first type of Kai Yuan to be issued.
Kai Yuan Tong Bao (618-907 AD)
Kai Yuan Tong Bao (Chinese: 開元通寶; pinyin: kāiyuán tōng bǎo; literally: "The Inaugural Currency") were the main coin issued by the Tang. It was cast for most of the dynasty, a period of nearly 300 years. It was first issued by the Emperor Gao Zu in the autumn of the 4th year of the Wu De period (August 621). Its diameter was to be 8fen. The weight was set at 2.4 zhu, ten to the liang. 1,000 coins weighed 6 jin 4 liang. The legend was written by the famous calligrapher Ouyang Xun in a much admired mixture of the Bafen and Li (official or clerkly) styles of writing. This is the first to include the phrase tong bao, used on many subsequent coins. The inscription was used by other regimes in later periods; such coins can be distinguished from Tang coins by their workmanship. Minting and copper extraction were centrally controlled, and private casting was punishable by death. For the first time we find regulations giving the prescribed coinage alloy: 83% copper, 15% lead, and 2% tin. Previously the percentages used seem to have been on an ad hoc basis. Actual analyses show rather less copper than this.