CHINA Machine Milled One Cash Guang Xu Tong Bao, Bao Guang Mint Guangdong 1890
Reference: Hartill 22.1335
Reign title: Guang Xu, AD 1875-1908
In Manchu scripts, the mint name: Boo-Guwang (Canton)
The Trial Minting by Machinery of cash coins
The construction of the Kwangtung Mint outside the City of Canton at Huang Hua T'ang commenced in 1887 and was completed in 1889. The Kwangtung Mint began trial minting by machinere of cash coins on the 26th day of the fourth moon in 1889. It was officially inaugurated on the 3rd day of the eighth moon of the same year and commened minting of the Kuang Hsu Tung Pao cash coins.
This is a new Kuang Hsu cash coin with a reduced weight of 0.8 mace was struck by the Kwangtung mint with the sanction of the Ch'ing Court in 1890 to off-set a deficit resulting from minting cash coins of 1 mace in weight by machinery in the previous year. This was the kuang Hsu Tung Pao with the Kwang mint mark of two Manchu characters on the reverse. It was valued at par with 1 mace cash coin for general circulation with other cash coins of earlier issues in the local market.