Hartill 16.49 ANCIENT CHINA JING-DE-YUAN-BAO 1004-1007AD Northern Song Dynasty
Northern Song Dynasty
Reign title: JING-DE-YUAN-BAO, AD 1004-1007
Bronze 1 Cash, Orthodox Script
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Reference: Hartill 16.49
Bronze cash. Obverse: "JING-DE YUAN-BAO" in orthodox script. Reverse: blank.
Average (9 specimens) 24.6 mm. 3.8 grams.
Schjoth (page 28) records 1,830,000 strings of this issue were cast in each of the four years of this reign title. Each string was 100 coins, indicating about 732 million coins cast.
S-472. Iron 1 cash. Obverse: "JING-DE YUAN-BAO" in orthodox script. Reverse: blank. 35 mm. Schjoth's specimen weighed 10.83 grams. Rare, no value can yet be assigned.
In spite of the weight, it is fairly certain these were issued as 1 cash (see our discussion of iron coins). He records (page 28) these were cast in the second year of Jing-De (AD 1005) at Chia-ting Fu and Chiung-chou in Szechuan.