Hartill 22.741 Rare Brass Zhen Bao, Pingding Shanxi mint 10 Cash Xian Feng Revenue Mint
Xiang Feng Zhong Bao, 10 Cash,
Rare Zhen Bao, Pingding Shanxi mint 1855-59
Board of Revenue
Reference: Hartill 22.741 Iron Cash in Brass
Weight: 22.1 grams; Size: 38.8 mm; Material: Brass
Obv: Xian Feng Zhong Bao
珍 寳 Zhen Bao!
Rev: Manchurian inscription "Bao Quan"
One Coin Value 10 Cash
Zhen Bao, Pingding Shanxi mint 1855-59
In 1855, another mint branch under the Board of Revenue was opened in the Pingding prefecture of Shanxi to cast iron coins. This mint initially had 29 furnaces (so was approximately the same size as a Board of Revenue mint branch). This was reduced to 15 furnaces in 1859, and the mint was then closed in August 1859. All Zhao Bao iron coins cast in copper alloy are rare.
The Xianfeng Emperor
The Xianfeng Emperor (simplified Chinese: 咸丰帝; traditional Chinese: 咸豐帝; pinyin: Xi醤fēng D? Wade朑iles: Hsien-feng Ti; 17 July 1831 ?22 August 1861), personal name I-ju (or Yizhu), was the ninth Emperor of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty, and the seventh Qing emperor to rule over China, from 1850 to 1861.
The Xianfeng 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. There was also a system of obverse variations.