The|Coinologist.

Always Buying Coins, Currency, and Cool Stuff.

Gold Coins of Ancient China

with 3 comments

The word China will make anyone in the coin business nervous these days, rightfully so of course.  There have been many counterfeit coins coming out of China, from raw to certified, yes I said certified.  This is a bad thing and I dislike it just as much as the rest of you.  I have a good friend who was transferred to China, and I have had the opportunity to visit him on two occasions.  What I would like to share with you are some gold coins that I came across at the Chinese History Museum in Xi’an, China.  The thing about China, is the word history has to be thought of a little differently than in our country.  I viewed many artifacts that were 5000 years old.  So let’s get back to the coins, the first photo’s are of gold discs that are around 2,200 years old, and the second set are a little newer at around 1200 years old.  It goes to show how important gold has been in commerce throughout the ages, and why the gold standard might once again be in our future.

Gold Discs, Western Han Dynasty. (206B.C.-A.D.8)

Gold Coin with Characters, Tang Dynasty.  (A.D. 618-907)

If anyone can translate this one, I would love to know what it says.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

February 16, 2011 at 8:08 am

3 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. […] Gold Coins of Ancient China « The|Coinologist. […]

    gold coin value chart

    February 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

  2. I HAVE A KAI YUAN TONG ANCIENT GOLD COIN.I HAVE IT TESTED AND IT REAL GOLD . IT WEIGHT IS 7.89 GM AND THR PURITY OF THE GOLD IS 90% ABOVE.HOW MUCH CAN IT WORTH NOW AT THE PRESENT MARKET PRICE IF IT IS FROM THE TANG DYNASTY.

    mr teh

    April 24, 2011 at 3:06 am

  3. […] The specimens shown above are on display at the Shaanxi History Museum in Xian.  These gold pieces date from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 8 AD) and were excavated from a tomb in Xian. […]

    Chinese Burial Money

    March 20, 2015 at 8:39 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: