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Coin - 100 Cash, Emperor Wen Tsung, Qing Dynasty, Henan, China, 1851-1868 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20186

China Honan
100 Cash 1851 - 1868 (AD)
Mint: Kaifeng

This Chinese brass coin was found by metal detectors scouring abandoned Victorian mining fields. It was brought by one of the thousands of Chinese migrants who flocked to the goldfields during the 1850s.

After the British and Irish, the Chinese community became the largest in Victoria. In 1855 the Victorian government passed Australia's first immigration act, restricting Chinese migration.
Acquisition Information:
Donation, 1986
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 46 mm (Width), 5 mm (Length), 48 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Width = diameter

More information

Tagged with: gold rushes, goldfields
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: China - Henan
Tertiary Classification: circulating casts
Series: Hsien Feng
DateEra: 1851-1868 AD
Denomination: 100 Cash
Obverse Description: Chinese characters Hsien-feng T'ung-pao around hole
Reverse Description: Mint name in Mandarin characters to left and right of hole; denomination above and below
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Chinese characters Hsien-feng T'ung-pao around hole (obverse)
Mint name in Manderin charecters to left and right of hole; denomination above and below (reverse)
Shape: Round square hole
Material: Brass
Issued By: Wen Tsung, Honan, China
Mint: Kaifeng (Mint)
References: C#11.6

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