Rare Hartill 22.1109 Xinjiang Red Cash 10 Cash Xian Feng, Yarkant Mint يەكەن
Xiang Feng Tong Bao
Rev: Manchurian inscription: Yarkant,
Uyghur language: Yarkant يەكەن
One Coin Value 10 Cash
Xinjiang Yarkant Mint : يەكەن
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Reference: Hartill 22.1109
Material: Red Copper
Weight: 3.86 grams; Size: 25.8 mm
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.
Emperor WEN TSUNG
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. There was also a system of obverse variations as shown below.