The Chinese civilization has sparkled for more than five thousand years, among which numerous national treasures have been bred. Ancient coins have undergone thousands of years of change, witnessed the changes of the times, throughout the development of society, small body filled with the whole Chinese civilization bit by bit.
Since the early Qing Dynasty, silver inflows into China mostly took the form of silver yuan, among which the most typical were Spanish native currency, Mexican Eagle Ocean, British native silver dollar and Japanese Dragon Ocean. Because foreign silver dollar is exquisitely made and its components are standard, it is easy to count and check. It is very convenient to use and is very popular in the circulation market.
Guangxu, the eleventh emperor of the Qing Dynasty, was also the ninth emperor since the entry of the Qing Army into the Customs, the year number Guangxu (1875-1908). After Emperor Guangxu assumed the throne, he successively cast "Guangxu Tongbao", "Guangxu Chongbao", "Guangxu Yuanbao". Guangxu Yuanbao is the most widely circulated denominated currency during the Guangxu period, and it is also the first circulation currency to introduce overseas technology in China.
During the Guangxu period, the coinage industry was influenced by the advanced thoughts. In the thirteenth year of Guangxu, Governor Zhang Zhidong of Guangzhou and Guangzhou commissioned the British Minister to order a complete set of coinage machines in the UK, and first minted silver and copper yuan in the Guangdong Money Bureau. Thereafter, there were foundries in four branches: Beiyang, Nanyang (Jiangnan), Hubei and Guangdong. However, the circulation is not large, among which the treasures of Zhengguang Xuyuan Treasury in Hubei Province are less common.
此藏品为湖北省造光绪元宝库平一钱四分，有着成色足，形制规整，质地精良的特点。钱币正面珠圈内镌满汉文“光绪元宝”四字，圈外上环“湖北省造”，下环“库平一钱四分”；背面内圈铸有蟠龙图，上下环英文：HU-PEHPROVINCE（湖北省造），1 MACE AND 4.4 CANDAREENS（一钱四分），左右各一个十字星。藏品上的蟠龙图象征和标志着大清王朝至高无上的权威与尊严，英文字样则体现出在清朝年间，我国语言就与国际语言和文化方面有所接轨。该钱币设计画面优雅，雕刻精细，现存储量已非常稀少，是难得一见的珍品。
This collection is made in Guangxu Yuan Treasury of Hubei Province. It is four cents a dollar. It has the characteristics of perfect color, regular shape and fine texture. The front of the coin is inscribed with the four characters of "Guangxu Yuanbao" in Chinese, the outer ring is "made in Hubei Province" and the lower ring is "made in Kuping with four quarters of a dollar"; the inner ring on the back is inscribed with a dragon picture, and the upper and lower rings are in English: HU-PEHPROVINCE (made in Hubei Province), 1 MACE AND 4.4 CANDAREENS (made in Hubei Province), each of which has a cross star. The image of Panlong in the collection symbolizes the supreme authority and dignity of the Qing Dynasty. The English characters are reflected in the Qing Dynasty, and Chinese language is in line with international language and culture. The coin has elegant design and fine sculpture, and its storage is very scarce. It is a rare treasure.
In the course of the development of history, ancient coins are integrated with their unique physical form, social ideology and aesthetic ideas. In addition to their monetary functions, coins bear the responsibility of being the carrier of history and culture. For thousands of years, China's coin culture has embodied the wisdom and talents of the Chinese nation and created a systematic, brilliant and unique Oriental coin and silver civilization.