1/10 Cash - Zhidao Yuanbao; iron

Features

Country Empire of China
Emperor Taizong (976-997, Northern Song dynasty)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 995-997
Value 1/10 Cash (0.1)
Currency Cash (621-1912)
Composition Iron
Weight 4.89 g
Diameter 22 mm
Shape Round with a square hole
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References Hartill# 16.40
David Hartill; 2017. Cast Chinese Coins (2nd edition). New Generation Publishing, London, United Kingdom.

Obverse

Four Chinese ideograms read clockwise (in Running script).

Lettering:
 至
寶 道
 元

Translation:
Zhi Dao Yuan Bao
Zhidao (5th era of Taizong, 995-997) / Original currency

Designer: Song Taizong

Zhao Jiong (20 November 939 – 8 May 997), known as Zhao Guangyi from 960 to 977 and Zhao Kuangyi before 960, also known by his temple name Taizong after his death, was the second emperor of the Song dynasty in China.

Reverse

Blank (uniface).

Edge

Smooth.

Mints

Baizhang Mint, Yazhou, modern-day Ya'an, Sichuan, China
Old Yidu Mint, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Comments

During this era, the inscriptions were written by Emperor Taizong himself, who was a noted scholar and calligrapher.

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ND (995-997) 

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