Bronze Haiyuan Tongbao Coin

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 05 December 2018

Also called Kaiyuan tongbao. This was the first imperial coin to use a four-character inscription with the term tongbao , meaning "coin", (circulating money), which then became customary on Chinese coins up to the 20th century. Copper alloy. Obverse, Chinese inscription. Minted in China, c. 621 CE. (The British Museum, London).


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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