- Museum number
Banknote: Ming dynasty banknote for 1 string of cash, of the Hongwu reign. (whole)
Six-character inscription giving name of banknote across the top. Below this is a border containing dragons and foliage. The central box contains the two-character inscription giving the denomination and illustrates a string of coins (in 10 groups of 100 coins). There is also a four-character inscription (in a folded style of writing) at either side. The longer inscription below gives further details and warns against counterfeiting. Two red impressions from square-shaped seals. (obverse)
- Production date
- 14thC ((possibly 15th century))
Height: 338 millimetres
Width: 220 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- In his article 'Henry Alexander Ramsden Exposed' (Numismatique Asiatique 37, March 2021), Craig Greenbaum misquotes Helen Wang, and refers to nine Ming notes acquired from Ramsden at the British Museum. This is the only Ming note acquired from Ramsden at the BM.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- A handwritten note reads 'Found inside a Buddha of the Ming period'.
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number