Hartill22.1228 China Islamic Xinjiang Red Cash Tong Zhi Value 10 Kuqa Mint كۇچار
ANCIENT CHINA, Qing Dynasty
Uyghur language: Kuqa كۇچار
Chinese: Ku value 10
Xinjiang Kuqa Mint كۇچار
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Reference: Hartill 22.1228
Material: Red Copper
Weight: 4.6 grams; Size: 25.2 mm
Reign title: Tong Zhi, 1856 – 12 January 1875
Red Cash was a special currency, because it was made of pure copper with Urgur and Han inscriptions on the reverse. During the later period of Qing Dynasty, some of the red cash were inscribed with Manchu scripts on the reverse too. Actually, Sinkiang Standard Cash of IIi Mint and Tihwa Mint were made of copper, present Chinese collectors accustomed to call them "Red Cash" too.
Sinkiang Red Cash
China was known as "Serice" [means a country of silk] by the peoples of ancient Greece and Roma. Sinkiang is just located on the trunk of the Silk Road which connected the Central China and the western world before the sea route was germinated in the modern times. Since the establishment of the "Hsi-Yu Tu-HU-Fu" [General Governor's Office of the Western Region] in [now northeastern of Luntai] in the 2nd year of the Shen-Chueh period (60BC) of Emperor Hsuan Ti reign of the Western Han Dynasty, Sinkiang has been under the control sporadically of the Chinese governments of each dynasty for more than 2000 years.
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