Bronze Daguan tongbao coin

From China
Song dynasty, Daguan reign period (AD 1107-10)

Designed by the Emperor Huizong

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Calligraphy was regarded as one of the highest art forms during the Song dynasty, and the calligraphy for this coin was supplied by the Emperor Huizong (reigned 1101-25) himself. Huizong was extremely interested in the arts, and developed a very distinctive style of calligraphy, known as 'slender needle style', which can be seen here.

The inscription on this coin reads 'Da guan tong bao', arranged top-bottom-right-left around the square hole. 'Daguan' refers to the Daguan reign period (1107-10), and tongbao means 'circulating treasure' or 'coin'.

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More information


J. Williams (ed.), Money: a history (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)


Diameter: 41.000 mm
Weight: 14.640 g

Museum number

CM 289



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