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China, small cash coin
« on: July 30, 2012, 05:46:52 PM »
This small coin seems to be 20th century machine made, the centre hole punch is slightly misshaped

1.21g    16.5mm
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Re: China, small cash coin
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 06:38:06 PM »
My favorite Chinese cash coin. A vivid illustration of coin design inertia. This coin is struck, not cast, so there's no need for the square hole, a relic of the past.

Era Hsuan Tung/Xuantong (1908-1912), the last emperor, Pu Ji, the mint, given in Manchu on the reverse is Kwang Tung (Guangdong). Look at his picture in Wikipedia and you'll recognize the avatar of one of our members...

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An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: China, small cash coin
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2012, 06:50:17 PM »
thanks peter, the last emperor, a little piece of Chinese history
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Re: China, small cash coin
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2012, 07:21:13 PM »
the last emperor
Yes and no! The first President of the Republic, Yuan Shikaï, used his powers to become… Emperor, and, I did not find all the information I needed, but it seems he succeeded. He died very quickly after that, so he is almost forgotten.
Anyway, it is true that Pu Yi re-became Emperor two times: during the 20s, for a few weeks, when a Manchu general re-put him on the throne after taking Beijing, but his power was concretely limited to the city or even just a part of the city, then he has been put away by another Lord of War; and later, he became Emperor for the third time: but he was Emperor of Mandchoukuo, not Emperor of China.
In fact it is quite difficult to know who was “the last Emperor”. ??? ;D

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Re: China, small cash coin
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2012, 09:58:19 PM »
Yes and no! The first President of the Republic, Yuan Shikaï, used his powers to become… Emperor, and, I did not find all the information I needed, but it seems he succeeded. He died very quickly after that, so he is almost forgotten.
Anyway, it is true that Pu Yi re-became Emperor two times: during the 20s, for a few weeks, when a Manchu general re-put him on the throne after taking Beijing, but his power was concretely limited to the city or even just a part of the city, then he has been put away by another Lord of War; and later, he became Emperor for the third time: but he was Emperor of Mandchoukuo, not Emperor of China.
In fact it is quite difficult to know who was “the last Emperor”. ??? ;D

thank you Paris, some little known facts there as you say, similar intrigue to the Moghul emperors of India, here one month & gone the next  :o  ;D
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Re: China, small cash coin
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012, 09:27:12 PM »
Yuan Shikai as minister of the new Republic of China, proclaimed himself Emperor on December 12th 1915, and resigned on March 22th 1916. He took the name Hongxian. So yes he was emperor for a whole 3 months.

But still Puyi is the last emperor of the Empire of China wich existed from 221 bc up until 1912. But officially Puyi stayed emperor until 1924. He was put on the trone again in 1917 by Zhang Xun, a general, and the trone was taken away 12 days later by another general, Duan Qirui.