RARE Authentic ANCIENT CHINA
THE SOUTHERN SUNG DYNASTY
Qing Yuan Tong Bao - 3 cach Coin
Year 6 = 1200 AD
Qing Yuan Tong Bao, Year 6, Value 3 cash coin
Reign title: CH'ING-YUAN, AD 1195-1200
Weight: 10 grams; Size: 32 mm
Emperor NING TSUNG
Schjoth (page 36) says "In the 3rd year of Ch'ing-yuan (A.D. 1197) the Shen-ch'uan mint cast 'value three' coins from the accumulated copper utensils obtained". The coins referred to appear to be the larger copper issues, S-800-802, which do not bear mint marks. Schjoth has specimens date years 4, 5 and 6. This appears to be the same mint that cast a set of unusual iron coins (S-854-856) which appear to be dated years 1, 2 and 3. This is the first evidence we have found that during a single reign title a mint cast both non-mint-marked copper coins and mint marked iron coins, but it should be noted that there is no overlap in the date marks, so there is still no evidence of both being cast at one mint at the same time.
The coinage of Ning Tsung is by far the most interesting and diversified of the Sung Dynasties, and possibly any Chinese Emperor. During as 29 year reign he used 5 reign titles, issued prolifically in both bronze and iron, and made extensive use of mint and date marks. Schjoth lists about 180 different examples, which is by no means a complete listing of what must have existed.