[collection name]: Xuantong Tongbao
[collection type]: Coins
[collection introduction]: copper coin is a kind of coin form formulated after the unification of the six countries by the first emperor of Qin Dynasty. Although it also existed before the Qin Dynasty, the currencies of various countries do not agree, and there are all kinds, so it is difficult to trade. However, after the unification of the Qin Dynasty, our country's currency has been gradually unified, and one style of currency is used all over the country, and the coins can only be minted by the state, and other private people can't be minted, otherwise they will be caught, Therefore, China's coins are also very characteristic. Square hole round coins have always been in the shape of copper coins, which also lasted until the period of the Republic of China. Although Tongbao of the Republic of China was also issued during the period of the Republic of China, according to the feudal dynasty, Xuantong Tongbao should be the last copper coin. After the issuance of Tongbao of the Republic of China, it only circulated in the south, and it was basically not used in the north, So strictly speaking, the real copper coin issued for the last time in the country should be Xuantong Tongbao!
Xuantong Tongbao was a copper coin forged during the Xuantong period, which was also the last copper coin forged in the feudal dynasty. Since the organic coinage began during the Guangxu period, more machine-made coins were actually forged during the Xuantong period, and some copper coins were only cast symbolically. At that time, the copper coin casting bureaus in all provinces of the country had basically been shut down, and only Baoquan bureau had forged Xuantong Tongbao. At that time, both large and small coins were cast, and the number of coins was not large, Xuantong Tongbao red coins were also minted in Xinjiang, and mechanism coins were minted in Baoguang Bureau and Baofu Bureau. Generally speaking, during Xuantong period, most of them took copper plate and silver dollar as the mainstream currency! Xuantong Tongbao is the last square hole round coin made by the emperor. It has been more than 2000 years from the first emperor of Qin Dynasty to Xuantong of Qing Dynasty, which is also a miracle in the history of coin making in China!
The rich content of money has integrated the folk customs of all dynasties. Its auspicious connotation represents the longing and blessing of the ancient Chinese people for a better life. Our common spending is mainly based on auspicious words such as "long life and wealth", "longevity", "promotion and promotion" and "peace in the world", which also reflects the penetration of Chinese traditional culture. This Xuantong Tongbao coin has a small amount of money on the market, so its value is higher than that of other Qing coins. The four characters of "Xuantong Tongbao" written by the Manchu and Han Dynasties in the bead circle on the front of the coin are dignified and neat, exquisite and beautiful. The money surface characters are exquisitely cast, clear and handsome, like an axe and knife. There is no trace of mud and water. The lines of the money reveal a rhythmic and resolute strength, full of charm and amazing, It has high artistic appreciation value and is precious.
The coin has exquisite workmanship, perfect carving, strong sense of relief, flat and smooth mirror surface, and the inertia line of pattern (inertia line - the academic language of modern mechanical drawing, that is, the intersection line between plane and plane, plane and surface, and surface and surface) It is very clear, and the coating on the surface of the coin is mellow. Even laymen who have not studied the silver dollar can't put it down, which is very ornamental. As a unique group of ancient coins, money has become a guest of ancient culture lovers, art lovers and ancient coin collectors because of its uniqueness, culture and artistry. It is deeply sought after and loved by it and has high collection value. Therefore, there is a saying that "it is not a coin but better than a coin" in the Tibetan community.
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