About Chinese coinage In the course of its long development from a small cultural island on the Yellow River to the People's Republic of China, the Land of the Dragon has witnessed many forms of money come and go. In ancient China, coins were the main forms of currency. These coins can be made of copper, iron, lead, gold and silver with different shapes, weight and marks and first turned up in the last phase of the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC), and the history of paper currency in China can be dated up to the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).
Copper Cash Copper cash is the most famous of the Chinese ancient currency types, and began in the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC), a dynasty that left many legacies to the Chinese people such as the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army. Generally speaking, most of the copper coins are round with a square hole in the center of the coin. In ancient times, many people believed that heaven is round and the earth is square, which is one of the reasons why the copper coin has the round shape and a square hole in the center.
About the Song Dynasty Starting in 960 and ending in 1279, the Song Dynasty consisted of the Northern Song (960-1127) and the Southern Song (1127-1279). With a prosperous economy and radiant culture, this period was considered as another period of 'golden age' after the glorious Tang Dynasty (618 - 907).
Emperor Huizong of Song Emperor Huizong (7 June 1082- 4 June 1135) was the eighth emperor of the Song dynasty in China. He was also a very well-known calligrapher. He ascended the throne in 1100 upon the death of his elder brother and predecessor, Emperor Zhezong. He lived in luxury, sophistication and art in the first half of his life. In 1126, when the Jurchen-led Jin dynasty invaded the Song dynasty during the Jin-Song Wars, Emperor Huizong abdicated and passed on his throne to his eldest son, Emperor Qinzong.
Despite his incompetence in rulership, Emperor Huizong was known for his promotion of Taoism and talents in poetry, painting, calligraphy and music. He sponsored numerous artists at his imperial court, and the catalogue of his collection listed over 6,000 known paintings.
Every day, we see increased excitement and collector demand for ancient Chinese coinage that extends from the U.S. to mainland China and throughout Asia. As the world's second largest and fastest growing economy, there is no doubt that the collector base for China's cultural legacy will also continue to grow.