Hartill 22.1053 CHINA Xian Feng 1851-61 100 cash Mint Zhi, Hebei Zhili province
ANCIENT CHINA, Xian Feng Yuan Bao
1851-1861 AD, 100 cash
Mint Bao Zhi, Zhili Hebei Province
Reference: Hartill 22.1053
Obv: Xiang Feng Yuan Bao
Rev: Manchurian inscription "Bao Zhi" left and right.
One Coin Value 100 Cash
47 mm; 48 grams; Copper Alloy
Emperor WEN TSUNG AD 1851-1861
The Hsien Feng period was one of great strife in China. The Tai-ping rebellion, which lasted from 1853 to 1864 and was at least partly responsible for inflation resulting in paper money being issued for larger denomination (1000 and higher), and a variety of cast coin denominations from 1 to 1000 cash. The one cash coins have the standard two character mint marks on the reverses, while higher denominations have four characters with the extra two to show the denomination.