The old coin at the left is an example of a typical Chinese cash coin which was cast during the Qing (Ch'ing) Dynasty (1644 - 1911 AD). The characters on a typical Chinese coin are read in the following order: top, bottom, right, left.
The inscription (legend) on this coin would therefore be read as 康 (character at top), 熙 (character at bottom), 通 (character at right) and 寶 (character at left).
Evaluation is the process of checking the condition of the coin.
Pricing refers to the step wherein a probable market price is set on the coin.
The English term "cash" referring to the coin was derived from the Tamil kāsu, a South Indian monetary unit.
The English word "cash", meaning "tangible currency", is an older and unrelated word from Middle French caisse.) meaning "money".
Once the correct sequence of characters has been determined, a comprehensive listing of charm inscriptions with English translation is provided to give you the meaning of the inscription or legend.
(Think of doing all your transactions with only pennies!The high quality of the coins and excellent calligraphy set a standard for Chinese coins for the next 1000 years!The legend on the coin, K'ai Yuan Tung Pao translates as "precious currency of the K'ai Yuan era".Cash was a type of coin of China and East Asia from the 4th century BC until the 20th century AD.Originally cast during the Warring States period these coins continued to be used for the entirety of Imperial China as well as under Mongol, and Manchu rule, the last Chinese cash coins were cast in the first year of the Republic of China.