Hartill 22.91 Lohan Kang Xi Tong Bao, Special Lohan Coin cash 1713 Board of Revenue mint!
CHINA, Kang Xi Tong Bao, Special Lohan Coin
S-1419, "BOO CIOWAN" (Board of Revenue mint).
A special issue of AD 1713, to celebrate K'ang Hsi's 60th birthday.
熙 instead of common 熈
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25.7 mm; 4.5 grams; Brass
"BOO CIOWAN" (Board of Revenue mint).
The Manchu mint name translates to Pao-Ch'uan,
or "The Fountain head of the Currency".
Rev: Manchurian Bao Quan
Luohan coin - a Chinese Coin with the Powers of a Charm
This is an example of an official Qing (Ch'ing) Dynasty minted coin, meant for general circulation, but which was immediately considered to have the powers of a charm. In the year 1713 AD, to celebrate the 60th birthday of Emperor Sheng Zu (Kang Xi), this special issue kang xi tong bao (康熙通宝) coin was cast with a brass of a golden color. A 60th birthday is considered a major event in China. In honor of this milestone, the Chinese character xi (熙), which is located below the square hole, was written slightly differently. The character would normally have a vertical line at its left. Also, the part of the character normally written as (臣) has the center written as a (口) instead. Finally, the upper left part of the tong (通) character, located to the right of the square hole, has only one dot instead of the usual two.
These coins were also considered to represent good luck because they commemorated a reign lasting for sixty years which is a complete cycle of the traditional Chinese calendar and thus symbolic of a long life.
This is the reverse side of the coin. Since the Qing (Ch'ing) Dynasty was ruled by the Manchu, the characters on the reverse are in the Manchu script and not Chinese. The script indicates that this coin was cast by the Board of Revenue in Peking.