Hartill 18.109 Western Xi Xia Dynasty Guang Ding Yuan Bao, 1212-22 AD
Ancient CHINA, 1000 years old bronze cash,
Western Xia Dynasty
Reference: Hartill 18.109
Weight: 3.8 grams; Size: 23.7
Emperor SHEN TSUNG
reign title: KUANG-TING, AD 1212-1222
"KUANG-TING YUAN-PAO. This is an unusual coin in that the inscription starts at the top and is read around to the right, rather than the usual top-bottom-left-right.
WESTERN HSIA DYNASTY
This was a dynasty of the Tangut people. Their capital was in Kansu Province, but it is not certain if their capital was in Kanchow or Soochow. In AD 1227, after breaking a promise to support Genghis Khan, this dynasty was exterminated.