CHINA, Kang Xi Tong Bao
Taiwan Province, Bao Tai Mint
26.5 mm; 4.5 grams
Obv: Kang Xi Tong Bao
Rev: Tai for Taiwan, in Chinese and Manchurian
Taiwan was in rebel hands until 1683. At that time, coins of the pretender Prince Yongmin were in general use. These were collected up and melted down. The Kangxi coin was cast at the 1 qian weight standard since 1689.
Emperor SHENG TSU
reign title: K'ANG-HSI, AD 1662-1722
PRIMARY SERIES (AD 1662-1722): The two principal mints in Peking have have "BOO" on the left, and the mint name on the right, both in Manchu script. All other mints have the mint name twice, in Manchu on the left and Chinese on the right. The size of these coins vary significantly from coin to coin. They are not necessarily scarce and we will be adding the values in the not too distant future (a few of them are rare).