Auction 41

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Lot 1082

QING: Xian Feng, 1851-1861, AE 4 cash (16.64g), Ili mint, Xinjiang Province, H-22.1085, cast 1855-1861, a superb quality example! VF, ex Shawn Hamilton Collection.

In the year 1855 new denominations of 4 cash (wén) and 8 cash were introduced at the Ili (Yining) mint, further the Ürümqi mint started issuing cash coins with high denominations in response. New mints were established at Kucha and Kashgar, while the Yarkand mint was re-opened. Coins also started being cast in bronze, brass, lead, and iron; this system received a chaotic response from Xinjiang's market.

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