University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-127-3505
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: China
Period: Late Qing Dynasty
Early Date: 1878
Inscription Language:Chinese Language
Credit Line:Purchased from Rev. Edward W. Thwing; subscription of Robert C. H. Brock, 1902


Silver coin, from a local mint in the Xinjiang region. Coins of this kind were produced in the years shortly after 1878, when General Zuo Zongtang reclaimed the territory for the Qing empire. The Qing had conquered Xinjiang in the mid 18th century. Obverse: 光緒銀錢 "Guangxu (1871-1908) silver cash" Reverse: 五分 "Five fen" (denomination) The crude appearance of the coin and its inscriptions is typical for this type.

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