Collection name: Guangxu Yuanbao
Collection category: Coins
[collection quantity]: one piece
[introduction to collection]: Guangxu Yuanbao was one of the currency in circulation during the reign of Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty. Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei Province, first introduced the British coining machine to produce silver and copper coins, and then the provinces followed suit. There are 19 provincial bureaus casting, except for the central household department, local provinces casting copper yuan, all in its front edge engraved with the name of the province. Guangxu Yuanbao was the first currency with large denomination in the reign of Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty. It was the first circulation currency to introduce overseas technology. It also has a certain historical significance for today. Guangxu Yuanbao made in Guangdong province belongs to a large series in the history of modern Chinese machine coinage. Its casting period lasted for a long time (from the 22nd year of Guangxu to the 34th year of Guangxu [1896-1908]). After more than ten years, the coinage has been replaced several times. Even in the same year, many factors, such as mold repair, coin material, technology, factory management, and so on, often lead to extremely complicated editions.
Time of issue
The 13th year of Guangxu in Qing Dynasty (1887)
End of use time
The first year of the Republic of China (1912)
In fact, there is no silver or copper coin written so far that it can be compared with one or two of the household. The most important two points are: one is that almost every stroke and decoration of the coin has been added with the hard to imitate dot secret notes so far, which is amazing. Second, there are two clear inner eyes in the dragon eye of Panlong on the back, pointing directly to the Dragon beads, which is the best relief work of Panlong. So far, there is no hope of its item in many fictitious coinage, imitative coinage and casting! Among the yuan treasures of Guangxu, the most precious is the double dragon longevity coin made in Guangdong Province: the weight of Kuping is oneortwo, which is worth collecting.
"Guangxu Yuanbao" was cast by 19 provincial bureaus at that time. In addition to the central household department, the copper coins of local provinces are engraved with the name of the province on the front edge. There are: 1 household department; 2. Beiyang; 3 Jilin; 4. Fengtian; 5 Qingjiang; 6 Zhejiang; 7 Jiangnan; 8 Guangdong; 9 Shandong Province; 10 Fujian; 11 Hunan; 12 Hubei; 13 Sichuan; 14 Jiangxi; 15 Henan Province; 16 Anhui; 17 Guangxi; 18 Xinjiang; 19 Heilongjiang. Among all the silver coins with Longyang patterns in China (including all the silver coins issued abroad), this coin has the most exquisite craftsmanship, the most perfect carving and the strongest sense of relief. The mirror surface is smooth and smooth, and the lines of inertia (lines of inertia are the intersection lines of plane and plane, plane and curved surface, and curved surface and curved surface) In particular, one or two series of silver coins in Hubu are exquisitely minted, with deep mouth, lines and side teeth, which are completely the style of sample coins minted abroad. With one or two silver coins and regular script, the calligraphy is extremely exquisite and grand, and the structure between the shelves is balanced and stretched, ranking second to none in Longyang. As a currency ready for circulation (although it is not in circulation), its secret anti-counterfeiting is unprecedented and unmatched. The surface of the coin is covered with thick paste, which is very ornamental even for laymen who do not study silver.