Starting Price: 17 500 USD
Price realized: 43 000 USD
Qing Dynasty. Guang Xu Zhong Bao, 1875-1908, AE 10 Cash Carved Mother Coin (6.3 g, 27.4 mm). The highest level of pattern coin in Qing Dynasty. Mintmark "Bao Quan" (Board of Revenue) and denomination on the back. Variety with the denomination in Financial Characters. Very Rare. Extremely Fine.
In ancient Chinese coinage, a carved mother coin is the highest level pattern, usually produced by authorized artist for approval. Once approved, the carved mother coins will be used as prototypes to make mother coins, and the mother coins will be used to produce the molds for business strikes. This process sometimes could be even more complicated, but all designs must start from carved mother coins. Estimate Value $35,000 - 45,000