Silver Proof Coin Hartill 15.14 Zhou Yuan Tong Bao AD 955 from Buddhist Statues

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Later Zhou Dynasty

Silver Sample Coin, Zhou Yuan Tong Bao 955 AD



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Reference: Hartill 15.14

Material: Solid Silver

Weight: 4.6 grams; Size: 24.6 mm

Later Zhou Dynasty (951-60)

 

Zhou Yuan Tong Bao 955 AD

 

Zhou Yuan tong bao (Chinese: 周元通寶) coins were issued by Emperor Chai Rong Shi Zong from 955. The pattern is also based on the Kai Yuan coin. They were cast from melted-down statues from Buddhist temples. When reproached for this, the Emperor uttered a cryptic remark to the effect that the Buddha would not mind this sacrifice. It is said that the Emperor himself supervised the casting at the many large furnaces at the back of the palace. The coins have amuletic properties because they were made from Buddhist statues, and are particularly effective in midwifery – hence the many later-made imitations.

 

 

 

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Silver Proof Coin Hartill 15.14 Zhou Yuan Tong Bao AD 955 from Buddhist Statues

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