Hartill 15.95 Da Tang tong bao in Li script 959 AD CHINA Great Tang Currency
meaning the Great Tang Currency
Reference: Hartill 15.95
Weight: 3.5 grams; Size: 24 mm; Material: Bronze
Southern Tang Kingdom (937-75)
Emperor Yuan Zong (Li Jing) (943-61):
Da Tang tong bao (Chinese: 大唐通寶) are written in li script and date from 959.
SOUTHERN T'ANG DYNASTY
The Southern T'ang Dynasty was one of the "Five Kingdoms" established during the turmoil following the fall of T'ang Dynasty. Controlling a large portion of China from their capital in Nanking, the dynasty was fairly successful, lasting until AD 978 when it was finally over run by T'ai Tsu who had established the Northern Sung Dynasty some 18 years earlier. Southern T'ang coins do not have reign titles on them, but we have listed the titles under which each type was cast. No coins were issued by the first Southern T'ang Emperor Lieh Tsu (AD 937 to 943) or under Yuan Tsung (AD 943 to 961) until about AD 955, so it is likely T'ang Dynasty Kai Yuan coins were still in use.