Hartill 16.383 Long Oblique strokes in Song, Sheng-Song-Yuan-Bao, N Song Dynasty
Northern Song Dynasty
SHENG SONG YUAN BAO, Bronze 1 Cash
Running Script, Long Oblique strokes in Song
Reign title: SHENG-SONG YUAN-BAO, 1101AD
Reference: Hartill 16.383
Long Oblique strokes in Song.
Weight: 6.4 grams; Size: 27 mm
Sheng Song Yuan Bao (1101 AD)
An unusual reign title, composed of four rather than two characters, which does not fit the normal coin layout. "SHENG-SONG" was used instead.
S-607, 609. Bronze 1 cash. Obverse: "SHENG-SONG YUAN-BAO" in seal and grass scripts. Reverse: blank. Average (3 specimens) 24 mm. Average 3.65 grams.
S-608, 610. Bronze 1 cash. Obverse "SHENG-SONG YUAN-BAO" in seal and grass scripts. Reverse: blank. S-608 at 19 mm, 1.92 grams and S-610 at 21 mm, 2.16 grams. The size and weights suggest Schjoth's specimens were contemporary counterfeits, but the types do exist at regular size and weight.
S-611. Bronze 1 cash. Obverse: "SHENG-SONG YUAN-BAO" in grass script. Reverse: crescent. 24 mm. Schjoth's specimen weighed 3.28 grams. We have not handled one of these and cannot currently suggest a value.
The iron coins of this reign title are a little perplexing. This is one of the areas where we can only offer speculations, and more study is needed.
"s-615">S-615-617. Iron 1 cash. Obverse: "SHENG-SONG YUAN-BAO" in seal and grass scripts. Reverse: blank. The sizes and weights of Schjoth's specimens are very inconsistent. One of 23 mm, 3.91 grams, one of 25 mm, 5.67 grams and one of 21 mm, 2.72 grams.
S-618. Iron coin of uncertain denomination. Obverse: "SHENG-SONG YUAN-BAO" in orthodox script. Reverse: blank. At 33 mm and 12.59 grams this coin is larger and heavier than the iron 2 cash issued earlier, but the same as the earlier iron 10 cash that were later demonetized. This appears to be an attempt to introduce a large fiduciary iron coinage, but we have found no evidence to suggest the intended denomination, although the size is the same as the bronze 10 cash of the next reign title. Rare, we have no valuation currently available.
Emperor HUI TSUNG
Hui Tsung's coinage is very complex with several attempted reforms, including the introduction of some new fiduciary issues. We have done our best to sort these out, but in some cases only speculations can be offered.