Month: January 2020

67. The T.S. Bayer Collection, Glasgow

Earlier this month, I was in Glasgow, and went to see some of the collections of Theophilus Siegfried Bayer (1694-1738), Sinologist and Professor of Greek and Roman Antiquities at St Petersburg, 1726-1738, who was one of the first (perhaps the first?) European sinologist to consider Chinese numismatics seriously, and who published De Re Nummaria Sinorum in 1737. (more…)

65. Book: Origin of paper currency in south-east Shanxi

Many thanks to TIAN Qiuping 田秋平 for giving us a copy of his book.

TIAN Qiuping, Zhibi chushi Jin dongnan (Shanxi guji chubanshe, 2007). ISBN 978-7-80597-856-6  //  田秋平著:《纸币初始晋东南》/Origin of Paper Currency at South-east of Shanxi Province (太原:山西古籍出版社,2007 年). TIAN Qiuping, Origin of Paper Currency at South-east of Shanxi Province (Taiyuan: Shanxi guji chubanshe, 2007). Black and white illustrations. (more…)

64. “The Forger and Numismatist: Li Baotai and Bao Kang” – by Lyce Jankowski

The latest edition of ÉTUDES CHINOISES – Revue de l’Association française d’études chinoises, Vol. XXXVII-2 (2018), has been published, and includes an article on Chinese numismatics by Lyce Jankowski, curator of non-European arts at the  Musée Mariemont, Belgium. It was presented at the study day she co-organised with Alice Bianchi, in Paris, in 2018, and includes abstracts published in French, with abstracts in French, English and Chinese: (more…)

63. The Xi’an Numismatic Museum’s series “Currency and Culture” (2)

The Xi’an Numismatic Museum (established in 2011) has published the first two volumes in a series in the title Huobi yu wenhua 《货币与文化》. The English title for the first volume is Monetary and Culture (see previous post), and for the second volume Currency and Culture. The volumes are jointly edited by the Xi’an Numismatic Museum 西安钱币博物馆 and the Xi’an Numismatic Society 西安钱币学会. The editor-in-chief is Mr ZHAO Xiaoming 赵晓明. (more…)

62. The Xi’an Numismatic Museum’s series “Currency and Culture” (1)

The Xi’an Numismatic Museum (established in 2011) has published the first two volumes in a series in the title Huobi yu wenhua 《货币与文化》. The English title for the first volume is Monetary and Culture, and for the second volume Currency and Culture. The volumes are jointly edited by the Xi’an Numismatic Museum 西安钱币博物馆 and the Xi’an Numismatic Society 西安钱币学会. The editor-in-chief is Mr ZHAO Xiaoming 赵晓明. (more…)

61. Index to the first 60 posts

  1. The Kwangtung Note Redemption, July 1914 (5 Apr 2017)
  2. 19th-century East Asian numismatic books at the American Numismatic Society (12 Apr 2017)
  3. The world’s railways on coins (26 Apr 2017)
  4. Chinese openwork charms (28 Apr 2017)
  5. François Thierry’s new book on Chinese coins (30 Apr 2017)
  6. Supermarket of the Dead 冥間超市 (2 May 2017)
  7. Portraits on Chinese banknotes (1): Zaizhen (Tsai Chen) (5 May 2017)
  8. Auspicious symbols – ONS Study Day, London, 18 Nov 2017 (15 May 2017)
  9. Richard von Glahn – 4 lectures in Paris, May 2017 (19 May 2017)
  10. Lord Charles Beresford’s Chinese coins at the V&A (24 May 2017)
  11. Prof YANG Junchang, archaeol-metallurgist in London, 8 June (25 May 2017)
  12. Money in ancient China. People and their everyday life around money (5 Jun 2017)
  13. BUMA 9: The beginnings of the use of metal and alloys (Korea, Oct 2017)
  14. Charles Batten Hillier (1820-1856) (13 Jun 2017)
  15. Sheng Qi’s paintings of money (16 Jun 2017)
  16. Gold-coin leopard (19 Jun 2017)
  17. Evolution of silver – from sycee to silver dollar (7 Jul 2017)
  18. East Asian coins in North America (14 Jul 2017)
  19. Treasures in the Netherworld (lecture in Oxford, 19 July)  (17 Jul 2017)
  20. The anthropology of money in Southern California (24 Jul 2017)
  21. Taiwan’s tokens (31 Jul 2017)
  22. Collector: Justus Doolittle (1824-1880) (1 Aug 2017)
  23. Li Zijian and Chinese charms (29 Aug 2017)
  24. The Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection (1 Sep 2017)
  25. China Numismatics 2017.1 (144) – English summary (4 Sep 2017)
  26. Journal of East Asian Numismatics (JEAN) – issue 7, no. 25 (Aug 2017) (5 Sep 2017)
  27. Chinese coins on Tlingit armour (11 Sep 2017)
  28. Who’s Who in East Asian numismatics? (18 Sep 2017)
  29. Paintings of money by Dong Yuan and Lam Tung-pang (20 Sep 2017)
  30. Chinese coins from the scholar’s study (22 Sep 2017)
  31. Zhu Xihua, coin designer and engraver (26 Sep 2017)
  32. Academic Conference Proceedings of Gold and Silver Currency and Social Life (6 Oct 2017)
  33. Marco Polo Studies and Yuan dynasty money (13 Oct 2017)
  34. The Nicholas Rhodes Collection of Tibetan coins (31 Oct 2017)
  35. The account books of Derek Bryan, consular official in Peking (Beijing), in the 1930s (3 Nov 2017)
  36. Seaborne Trade in the East Indies and the Far East during XVIIth-XIXth Centuries (27 Nov 2017)
  37. Coins and charms in the “Jin shi suo”, by Feng Yunpeng and Feng Yunyuan (19 Jan 2018)
  38. The Invoice Museum (5 Feb 2018)
  39. Bibliography for Ancient Chinese Coin Casting Technology (13 Feb 2018)
  40. Thai porcelain tokens (“pee”) (14 Feb 2018)
  41. Chinese guides for identifying silver dollars and other coins, 19th century (16 Feb 2018)

  42. A Viking ship on a Chinese note (19 Apr 2018)
  43. Ma Rong – engraver of Mao and monkeys (26 Apr 2018)
  44. Japanese occupation money and the Battle of Balikpapan (8 May 2018)
  45. “Cultural Revolution style red packets” (15 May 2018)
  46. Is that a coin on Mao’s desk? (30 May 2018)
  47. Chinese Money Matters – so why does it have such a low profile? (5 Jun 2018)
  48. Red envelopes -the development and permanence of themes in Chinese popular imagery (21 Jun 2018)
  49. Chinese transportation tokens and tickets (27 Jun 2018)
  50. The use of silver ingots in Ming dynasty tax payment (4 Jul 2018)
  51. Waves of globalization – the XVIII World Economic History Congress (7 Aug 2018)
  52. Workshop: Eastern Zhou metal technologies (21 Sep 2018) (15 Aug 2018)

  53. The Millenium Medal, by Marian Fountain (17 Aug 2018)
  54. Dictionary of Modern Chinese Banking Organizations and People (5 Nov 2018)

  55. Paizi – Printed colophons and Chinese charms (7 Nov 2018)
  56. Two cabinets of coins from the Qianlong period in the State Hermitage Museum (2 Jan 2019)
  57. Palmer River Goldfield Chinese coin hoard: new evidence challenging its authenticity (16 Jan 2020)

  58. Book: Sino-Kharoshthi Coins (Horse Coins of Khotan) (17 Jan 2020)
  59. Frank Newman (1873-1937) and his Chinese coin collection (20 Jan 2020)
  60. Book: The History of Commercial Banks in Modern China (21 Jan 2020)

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59. Frank Newman (1873-1937) and his Chinese coin collection

Edward Francis Southan Newman (1873-1937) (鈕滿) was born in Hong Kong, and spent most of his life in China. Coole’s Bibliography (1967) lists Newman’s article “Ancient Chinese Coins” in the China Journal of Science and Arts, vol.1, no.4 (July 1923). Ian Gill, Frank Newman’s grandson, has published a couple of articles on his family history (May 2016  and Oct 2017), and in September 2017, WEI Chunyang (Victor Wei) published a piece on the Newman Family of Yantai, which drew attention to Newman’s coin collecting, in particular his acquisition of a very rare Guo bao jin kui zhi wan 国宝金匮直万 piece, now said to be in the National Museum of China collection. Many thanks for Ian Gill for his help in the preparation of this piece. (more…)