|Country||Empire of China|
Taizong (976-997, Northern Song dynasty)
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Value||1/10 Cash (0.1)|
|Shape||Round with a square hole|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
David Hartill; 2017. Cast Chinese Coins (2nd edition). New Generation Publishing, London, United Kingdom.
Four Chinese ideograms read clockwise (in Running script).
Zhi Dao Yuan Bao
Zhidao (5th era of Taizong, 995-997) / Original currency
|Baizhang Mint, Yazhou, modern-day Ya'an, Sichuan, China|
|Old Yidu Mint, Chengdu, Sichuan, China|
During this era, the inscriptions were written by Emperor Taizong himself, who was a noted scholar and calligrapher.
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