Guangxu Yuanbao, one of the currencies circulating during the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty. The Governor of Guangdong and Guangxi Zhang Zhidong took the lead in introducing the British mint machine to cast silver and copper, and the provinces followed suit. A total of 19 provincial bureaus cast, in addition to the central households, the local provinces cast copper yuan, all on the front edge of the provincial name. Guangxu Yuanbao is the first of the large-value currency in the Guangxu reign of the Qing Dynasty. It is the first batch of China's first batch of imported and exported foreign currency. It also has a certain historical significance for today.
In the late Qing Dynasty, there was a parallel era of silver, paper and copper coins. However, new silver coins were not issued until Jiaqing, and they were not widely cast until Guangxu. It is reported that Zhang Zhidong, governor of Guangdong and Guangxi, commissioned the British minister to order a complete set of minting machines in the UK in the 13th year of Guangxu, and first cast silver and copper coins in the Guangdong money Bureau. Since then, the provinces have followed suit, purchasing and manufacturing foreign mechanical casting silver and copper yuan, and Guangxu Yuanbao came into being in this period. Guangxu Yuanbao actually represents the key node of China's transition from feudal society to semi colonial and semi feudal society. Although the coins were small, we can see that Emperor Guangxu wanted to study the advanced technology of the West and revive the Qing Dynasty. Guangxu Yuanbao's carving style, weight standard and dragon pattern on it have been examined and approved by Guangxu himself. The Emperor himself participated in the examination and verification of coins, which was rare in the previous dynasties.
There is an inscription "Guangxu Yuanbao" in the front circle, four characters of Kaiti "made in Hubei Province" in the upper circle outside the Pearl circle, and a currency value of "Dangshi" in the bottom circle. On the back of Yuanbao, the inner ring is cast with dragon flying totem, the overall pattern is inclined 45 °, and the outer ring is cast with English, with exquisite appearance and unique aesthetic style. Although the coin is small, it can also have a glimpse of the social culture at that time. Diameter: 3.3cm, weight: 7.1g, Guangxu Yuanbao, zaodangshi, Hubei Province was cast in 1902 (Guangxu 28). There are big north and small North in the font. There are six, seven and eight ways of dragon body Lin Jia. Dragon body fire beads are divided into small fire beads and big fire beads, and the big fire beads are different from the left and right flames. Small fire beads have no ring. There are dragon chest without cloud, melon outside the beard, dragon head without cloud, pearl circle water dragon, super dragon, pearl circle dry dragon, Lilong, sitting dragon and other sections.
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