Stephen Album Rare Coins > Auction 45Auction date: 26 January 2023
Lot number: 1102

Price realized: 2,000 USD   (Approx. 1,843 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:

YUAN: Da Chao, ca. 1206-1227, AR cash (3.32g), H-19.1, Obverse type 2B, two countermarks on the reverse: right U3 and left, unreadable (both imprinted into the mold), natural casting hole, Very Good to Fine, R, ex Shèngbidébao Collection. Da Chao, meaning "Great Dynasty", was the Chinese name the Mongols used for themselves. According to Hartill, "This coin is alleged to have been cast by the legendary Genghis Khan at his capital at Karakorum." This would place the date about 50-60 years prior to the formal foundation of the Yuan dynasty in 1271. A more likely attribution is the reign of Kublai Khan (1260-1294), who understood China as the base of his power and made great efforts to sinicize his image among his Chinese subjects. Upon gaining the title of the Great Khan in 1260, he moved his capital from Karakorum to Shangdu (in present-day Inner Mongolia), before moving it again to Dadu (Beijing) in 1271, a move which afforded him direct control of central China, but also sparked an uprising in Karakorum. The coin would presumably have been produced after 1260 and before the introduction of his zhi yuan tong bao cash coins around 1285. It is currently estimated that approximately 200-250 specimens are known to exist.

Estimate: 200-300 USD