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Welcome to the Sea Eagle Coins. Presented here are links to our ancient Chinese coins, ancient Vietnamese coins, sycees and antiques catalogs. Our ancient Chinese coins catalog features hundreds of Chinese coins from the earliest dynasties (such as Shang and Zhou) to the very last dynasty of China. To purchase any items listed, please email us at:

Novice Chinese coins collector may wish to read the section entitled "Studying and collecting Chinese coins" first (see below). To know more about us, click on this link: About us. For overseas customers, we accept payment by PayPal or bank drafts only.

Ancient Chinese and Vietnamese Coins Catalogs:(Click on the links below to see detailed listing for each of the Dynasty)

Vietnamese and Chinese coins catalogs Vietnamese and Chinese coins catalogs
1) Shang Dynasty

2) Zhou Dynasty

3) Qin Dynasty

4) Han Dynasty

5) Wang Mang - Hsin Dynasty

6) Three Kingdoms

7) Jin Dynasty and 16 kingdoms

8) Six Dynasties

9) Sui Dynasty

10) Tang Dynasty

11) 5 Dynasties & 10 Kingdoms

12) Liao Dynasty

13) Song Dynasty

14) Jin Dynasty and Western Xia

15) Yuan Dynasty

16) Ming Dynasty

17) Qing Dynasty

18) Taiping Rebels

19) Mounted coins sets

20) Ancient Vietnamese coins

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Ancient Sycee (silver money) Catalog:(Click on the links below to see detailed listing for each of type)

Sycee categories Sycee categories
1) Saddle Shape Sycees

2) Drum Shape Sycees

3) Square Trough Shape Sycees

4) Dish Shape Sycees

5) Round Shape Sycees

6) Boat Shape Sycees

7) Hen's nest Shape Sycees

8) Other Shape Sycees

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Asian Antiques Catalog:(Click on the links below to see detailed listing for each of the category)

Antiques Categories Antiques Categories
1) Bronze Mirrors

2) Chinese Snuff Bottles

3) Amulets and Pendants

4) Buddhist/Chinese Deities

5) Opium Weights

6) Other antiques:
-- Ancient Bell (page 1)
-- Wooden/stone lions (page 2)
-- Ancient arrow head (page 3)
-- Ritual Vessel (page 4)

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Listed below are links to the Qing Dynasty coins(AD 1644 - 1911) for sale

(Click on the links below to see the comprehensive listing for each of the Qing Emperor coins)

Reign title/Period Reign title/Period
1) Shunzhi coins (AD 1644 - 1661)

2) Kangxi coins (AD 162 - 1722)

3) Yongzheng coins (AD 1723 - 1735)

4) Qianlong coins (AD 1736 - 1795)

5) Jiaqing coins (AD 1796 - 1820)

6) Daoguang coins (AD 1821 - 1850)


7) Xianfeng coins (AD 1851 - 1861)

8) Tongzhi coins (AD 1862 - 1874)

9) Guangxu coins (AD 1875 - 1908)

10) Xuantong & Republican coins (AD 1908 - 1911)

11) Taiping Rebels coins (AD 1851 - 1864)

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Studying and Collecting Chinese Coins

China ranks among the first few countries in the world to use money. Historical evidence of the existence and use of Chinese coins as medium of exchange dated more than 3000 years have been unearthed. These Chinese coins and other historical artifacts casted in bronze or brass, sometime in iron or lead, provide indisputable evidence of the high level metallurgy achieved by the ancient Chinese civilization.

Collecting and study of ancient Chinese cash coins is a fascinating subject. Besides the extremely long history, the early Chinese cash coins casted during the period of the Zhou Dynasty (BC 1100 to BC 221) took on odd and curious shapes and forms resembling bridges, bells, fishes, weapons (e.g. knife money) and tools (spade and grater money) and even cowrie shells. There were even coins that resembles ant's nose and ghost face.

The first round Chinese coins came into being around BC 1000, during the Zhou Dynasty. These early coins came with small round holes in the centre which allow the coins to be strung together for easy storage and transportation. Subsequently from the Qin Dynasty ( BC 221 to BC 206) onwards, the small holes in the centre of the famous 12 zhu Ban Liang coins became square shape. From then on, the shape of the round Chinese coins with small square hole in the centre remains unchanged for over the next 15 different dynasties spanning more than 2,000 years! The last of such coins was the Ming Guo Tong Bao issued under the Chinese Republican period in 1918.

The study of Chinese coins also provide useful insight into the history of the ancient chinese dynasties. The state of the economy, strength and influence of the chinese rulers showed up on the quantity and quality of the coins which are now found. When the country is strong and prosperous , the coins casted during that particular period and under that particular ruler are plentiful and, often times, of very high quality. A good example of a high quality coin is the beautiful Kai Yuan Tong Bao coins issued during the Tang Dynasty ( AD 618 to AD 907) - often referred to as the golden years of Chinese history.

The other strong appeal for collectors of Chinese coins , particularly those who are also interested in chinese history and culture, is the Chinese legends (or characters) found on the faces of these coins. These legends may depict the reign titles adopted by the rulers who decreed the issue of the coins. These reign titles are usually auspicious sounding or have auspicious meaning. There are more than 700 different legends found on Chinese coins. Chinese coins usually have two or four characters, but it may range from none to as many as nine. Legends on the Chinese coins may also indicate the mint, the government bureau that issue it, its denomination or the monetary unit. Collectors of chinese coins are also attracted by the beautiful calligraphy of these legends. One of the most notable of such coins is the beautiful seal scripts of the Yong Tong Wan Guo coins issued during the Six Dynasties period (AD 420 to AD 589). Legends may also include Manchu characters, such as those found in the Qing Dynasty coins. There were even coins minted by rebels during China's long history.

Lastly, collecting Chinese coins is a relatively inexpensive hobby. A few hundred dollars would enable a collector to easily assemble a fairly good collection which could provide endless hours of pleasure.

We hope you will take the time to view our comprehensive catalog of ancient chinese coins. Feel free to eMail us, if you have any queries or you are unable to locate what you want in our catalog. It will be our pleasure to serve you.

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About sycee (sycees)

The origin of sycee, commonly known as 'yuan-pao" or "yin-ting" in Chinese, dates back to the Song Dynasty (A.D. 960 - 1280) where the extensive economic growth puts a heavy strain on China's currency resources. Hence to reduce the demand on bronze (used for the making of coins), silver in the form of ingots were introduced. Unlike coins, sycee are not circulated and were used for large monetary settlements between banks, merchants and other official transactions. Sycee were also hoarded as a means to accumulate wealth until their use was banned by the Chinese Nationalist government in 1935.

Sycee ingots were casted in molds and the inscriptions were impressed with a seal while the silver was still semi-molten. The silver smiths , known as "lu-fang" cast the sycee in a variety of shapes such as rectangular, square, drum, boat, double axe head and hour glass. The latter shapes were the oldest types of sycee known.

Sycee do not have denominations. Instead the value is determined by its weight in taels ranging from 1 taels to 50 taels. One tael (e-liang) is equivalent to 37.312 gm. During the early reign of Emperor Shunzhi (A.D. 1644 - 1661), a tael would fetch roughly about 700 pieces of one cash copper coins.

We hope you will take the time to view our comprehensive catalog of sycee. Feel free to eMail us, if you have any queries or you are unable to locate what you want in our catalog. It will be our pleasure to serve you.

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