LVPL-4F4637: Post Medieval: Chinese coin

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Unique ID: LVPL-4F4637

Object type certainty: Certain
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Medieval coin: A worn cast copper alloy Chinese coin, from the Northern Song dynasty (960 AD to 1127 AD), minted during the Xining reign between 1068 and 1077 AD. Chinese characters (inscription- Xining yuanbao) are only present on the obverse. A square hole (7.60mm by 8.05mm internal dimensions) is present at the centre of the coin.

Diameter: 24.00mm
Thickness: 1.44mm
Weight: 4.1 grams

It is doubtful that this is a geninue medieval find (i.e. present in the country due to trade and lost accidentially) but more likely a more recent loss from an curated collection.


Thanks are extended to Qin Cao, trainee Curator of Asian Coins at the British Museum for their help in identifying this coin.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1068
Date to: Circa AD 1077

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1.44 mm
Weight: 4.1 g
Diameter: 24 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Secondary identifier: Ms Qin Cao

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Obverse description: Chinese characters
Obverse inscription: Xining yuanbao
Reverse description: Plain
Reverse inscription: -
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Vale Royal

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: 7 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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