Hartill 15.12 Zhou Yuan Tong Bao AD 955 from melted-down bronze Buddhist statues

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Later Zhou Dynasty

Zhou Yuan Tong Bao 955 AD

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Later Zhou Dynasty (951-60)

Zhou Yuan Tong Bao 955 AD

周元通寶

 

Zhou Yuan tong bao (Chinese: 周元通寶) coins were issued by Emperor Chai Rong Shi Zong from 955. The pattern is also based on the Kai Yuan coin. They were cast from melted-down bronze statues from Buddhist temples. When reproached for this, the Emperor uttered a cryptic remark to the effect that the Buddha would not mind this sacrifice. It is said that the Emperor himself supervised the casting at the many large furnaces at the back of the palace. The coins have amuletic properties because they were made from Buddhist statues, and are particularly effective in midwifery – hence the many later-made imitations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hartill 15.12 Zhou Yuan Tong Bao AD 955 from melted-down bronze Buddhist statues

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