Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Shao Hsing Yuan Pao, China, 1131-1163

Shao Hsing Yuan Pao, China, 1131-1163

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Description (Brief)
One (1) shao hsing yuan pao coin, Emperor Kao Tsung (Southern Sung Dynasty)
China, 1131 - 1163
Obverse Image: Orthodox script read top, right, bottom, left.
Obverse Text: Romanization: SHAO / HSING / T'UNG / PAO (Translation: Currency of the Shao Hsing period.)
Reverse Image: Unreadable character to the right of hole, Erh character for two or second above the hole.
Reverse Text: Unknown / ERH
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
1131 - 1163
place made
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
overall: 1 mm x 31 mm; 1/32 in x 1 7/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Mendel Peterson
See more items in
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission on our collection pages is temporarily unavailable. Please check back soon!

If you have a question or require a personal response, please visit our FAQ or contact page.