Lot of 3 Kai Yuan cash, early, middle and late type, Tang dynasty (618-907), China

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Four Chinese characters Kai Yuan Tong Bao ("The Inaugural currency") / Either blank or with a crescent. Each one is around 24-25mm, 3 grams or so. Hartill 14.1-2 (for the early type); Hartill 14.3 (for the middle type) and Hartill 14.6ff (for the late type).

Lot of three coins, one of the "Early type" (cast 621-718 CE), one of the "Middle type" (cast c.718-732 CE), and one of the late type (c.732-907 CE). Some have crescents, lines or nail marks on the reverse. The buyer will receive the exact three coins shown above.

The Tang Dynasty, with its capital at Changan (present-day Xian), the most populous city in the world at the time, is generally regarded as a high point in Chinese civilization - a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. Its territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, was greater than that of the Han period, and it rivalled that of the later Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. In 907 the Tang Dynasty was ended when Zhu Wen, now a military governor, deposed the last emperor of Tang, Emperor Ai of Tang, and took the throne for himself (known posthumously as Emperor Taizu of Later Liang). He established the Later Liang Dynasty, which inaugurated the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period. A year later the deposed Emperor Ai was poisoned to death by Zhu Wen.

This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.



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