Chinese civilization has a long history of 5000 years. Every stage of historical development is the footprint of our country's growth, and silver is an important part of this historical galaxy. It not only represents the currency culture of modern China, but also reflects the rise and fall of China's modern history, economy and finance. It has high artistic and cultural value.
此枚珍品北洋造光绪元宝“库平一钱四分四厘”。钱面：珠圈中满汉文“光绪元宝”四字，圈外上环“北洋造”，下环“库平一钱四分四厘”。钱背：中心为蟠龙图案，上下环英文：KWANG-TUNG PROVINCE，1 MACE AND 4.4 CANDAREENS，左右各一个十字星。
This precious treasure, made in Beiyang, is a Yuanbao of Guangxu. Qian Mian: in the Pearl circle, there are four characters of "Guangxu Yuanbao" in Chinese; in the outer circle, there are "made in Beiyang" in the upper ring; and in the lower ring, there are "four quarters of Kuping one coin". Back of the coin: the center is a dragon pattern, with the upper and lower rings. English: Kwang-tung service, 1 mace and 4.4 candareens, with a cross star on the left and right.
The collection is exquisite, and its aesthetic style is unique. The integration of Manchu and Han culture is rarely seen on the front of the coin, while the back of the coin clearly indicates the intervention of western culture. Although the coin is small, it can also have a glimpse of social culture. It has a high investment value and collection value because of its deep pulp, natural maturity, clear typing mouth, obvious circulation trace, clear edge teeth and clear dragon scales. It is a valuable revolutionary cultural relic with profound historical significance; At the same time, it is also a rare object for Archaeology and the study of Chinese history and culture.
Guangxu Yuanbao was one of the currency in circulation during the reign of Guangxu in Qing Dynasty. Zhang Zhidong, governor of Hubei Province, first introduced the British coining machine to produce silver and copper coins, and then the provinces followed suit. There are 19 provincial bureaus casting, except for the central household department, local provinces casting copper yuan, all in its front edge engraved with the name of the province.
Guangxu Yuanbao was the first currency with large denomination in the reign of Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty. It was the first circulation currency to introduce overseas technology. It also has a certain historical significance for today. Beiyang Longyang is a large series in the history of modern machine coinage in China. Its coinage lasted for a long time (from Guangxu 22nd to Guangxu 34th [1896-1908]). After more than ten years, the coinage has been replaced several times. Even in the same year, many factors, such as mold repair, coin material, technology, factory management, etc., often lead to extremely complicated editions.
In the Qing Dynasty, silver coins, paper notes and copper coins coexisted, and new silver coins were issued in the Jiaqing period, while more gold and silver coins were cast in the Guangxu period. The westernization movement also affected the coinage industry. In 1887, Zhang Zhidong, governor of Guangdong and Guangxi, commissioned the British ministers to order a complete set of coinage machines in the UK, and cast the first machine-made silver and copper coins in the Guangdong monetary Bureau. After that, all provinces followed suit and purchased foreign mechanical casting silver and copper. Many of the mints, including the Guangdong money Bureau, were ordered from the famous Birmingham Mint Co., Ltd., London, UK. The intervention of the British big industry made the silver coin also stained with western color. The integration of Manchu and Han culture is rarely seen on the obverse of the coin, but the back of the coin clearly indicates the intervention of western culture. The collection value is high and the prospect is objective.