CHINA, Xian Feng Tong Bao 1851 5 cash Mint Zhi, Hebei province Chili Rare
Xiang Feng Zhong Bao
Mint Zhi, Zhili Hebei province, 5 cash
Rev: Manchurian inscription "Bao Zhi"
當 五 One Coin Value 5 Cash
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Reference: Hartill 22.105
36 mm; 15.6 grams; Brass
Emperor WEN TSUNG
The Hsien Feng period was one of great strife in China. The Tai-ping rebellion, which lasted from 1853 to 1864 and was at least partly responsible for inflation resulting in paper money being issued for larger denomination (1000 and higher), and a variety of cast coin denominations from 1 to 1000 cash. The one cash coins have the standard two character mint marks on the reverses, while higher denominations have four characters with the extra two to show the denomination. There was also a system of obverse variations as shown below :
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