Guangxu Yuanbao, which was minted at the end of the Qing Dynasty, is not the usual. It is China's first mechanism currency. It is the first time that China has used foreign coinage machines to make coins. It is a coin containing Chinese, Manchu and English. Guangxu Yuanbao's exquisite carving, clear lines, strong fonts, and the dragon's domineering power on the back are lifelike. Therefore, Guangxu Yuanbao has been continuously rising in the collection market.
This Sichuan Province made Guangxu Yuanbao weight: 7.4g diameter: 2.81cm, with inscriptions on the front and chocolate color. The top cast body is made in Sichuan Province. The value of the bottom casting currency is as follows: “When ten”, the left and right are Manchu, and the center reads the word “Guangxu Yuanbao” directly, and the center of the coin is six-pointed. The top of the outer ring of the silver coin is marked with the words "Jiangxi Province" in small English standard fonts. The following is the value of the English currency "When Ten". The center of the inner ring is cast with a dragon figure, beautifully decorated, delicate scales, beautiful lines, smooth and natural. The casting process is exquisite, and the eye-catching look is like a soaring sky, the dragon's mouth spits flames, lifelike, vivid and unique, its aesthetic style is unique, the patina is very thick and very textured.
In the Qing Dynasty, silver coins, banknotes, and copper coins were in parallel. During the Jiaqing period, new silver dollars were issued, and in the Guangxu period, gold and silver coins were cast. The Westernization Movement also affected the coinage industry. The Governor of Guangdong and Guangxi, Zhang Zhidong, entrusted the British Minister to order a full set of coinage machines in the UK in the 13th year of Guangxu (1887), and the first casting mechanism of the silver dollar and the copper yuan in the Guangdong Money Bureau. Since then, the provinces have followed suit to purchase foreign machinery for casting silver and copper. Including the Guangdong Money Bureau, many coin machines are ordered from the famous London Birmingham Mint Co., Ltd. The involvement of the British industry has made silver coins also contaminated with Western colors. The front of the coin is clearly visible in the fusion of Manchu culture, while the money back clearly indicates the involvement of Western culture.
In recent years, the price of silver dollar has been rising, especially in Guangxu Yuanbao. In 2018, a well-prepared Guangxu yuanbao produced a high price of 4.8 million, which caused widespread concern in the ancient coin collection market. Xiaobian believes that “Guangxu Yuanbao” "The value of collection is difficult to estimate. It is the dark horse of the antiques collection market. In addition, the use of these mechanism coins has important practical and historical significance.
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