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907-951 AD - Kingdom Chu (907-951), VERY RARE! Lead cash (Kai Yuan Tong Bao / Gui), "Ten Kingdoms" period of anarchy in China - Hartill #15.135

907-951 AD - Kingdom Chu (907-951), VERY RARE! Lead cash (Kai Yuan Tong Bao / Gui), "Ten Kingdoms" period of anarchy in China - Hartill #15.135

Four crude chinese characters - Kai Yuan Tong Bao ("Inaugural currency", taken from the earlier Tang dynasty coins) / Chinese character Gui above the hole. 23mm, 2.6 grams. Issued in 917-924 AD. Minted in Guizhou in Guanxi. Schjth #-; Hartill 15.135.
Pieces of very crude manufacture like this one were struck with wooden dies in lead. They are probably a product of a temporary local mint in one of the local towns, not the central mints in Yongzhou or Guanxi.
Chu was a kingdom in southern China during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period (907-960). It existed from 907 to 951. Ma Yin was named regional governor by the Tang court in 896 after fighting against a rebel named Yang Xingmi. He declared himself as the Prince of Chu with the fall of the Tang Dynasty in 907. Mas position as Prince of Chu was confirmed by the Later Tang Dynasty in the north in 927 and was given the posthumous title of Chu Wumuwang. After Ma Yin died the leadership was subject to struggle and conflict which resulted in the fall of the kingdom. The Southern Tang, fresh from its conquest of the Min Kingdom, took advantage and conquered the kingdom in 951. The ruling family was removed to the Southern Tang capital of Nanjing and the kingdom was absorbed into the Southern Tang.
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