71. Book: A Cultural History of Chinese Money

Many thanks to Prof Dai Jianbing for presenting this book to the Dept of Coins and Medals at the British Museum:

戴建兵著:《中国货币文化史》(济南:山东画报出版社,2011年)

DAI Jianbing, Zhongguo huobi wenhua shi [A Cultural History of Chinese Money] (Jinan: Shandong huabao chubanshe, 2011. ISBN 978-7-5474-0146-0

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Table of Contents

Ch.1  The birth of Chinese money, and money of the Spring and Autumn, and Warring States periods (p.1)

  • The birth of Chinese money (p.3)
  • Money of Spring and Autumn, and Warring States periods (p.7)

Ch.2 Money of the Qin and Han periods (p.17)

  • Unification of money during the Qin (p.19)
  • Western Han money (p.21)
  • Wang Mang’s coinage reforms (p.25)
  • Eastern Han money and Han dynasty gold money (p.29)

Ch.3  Interaction between the money cultures of China, ancient Greece and Rome (p.33)

  • Alexander the Great’s legacy in coins (p.35)
  • Indo-Bactria (p.39)
  • Lead ingots with foreign inscriptions – the three-white-metal pieces (p.45)
  • Coins from Rome (p.47)

Ch.4  Money of the Three Kingdoms, Two Jin, and Northern and Southern Dynasties (p.49)

  • Three Kingdoms money (p.51)
  • Coins of the Two Jin and Sixteen Kingdoms (p.54)
  • Coins of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (p.57)

Ch.5  Money of the Sui, Tang, Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (p.63)

  • The monetary system of the Sui, Tang, Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (p.65)
  • The westward movement of Tang dynasty money culture (p.73)
  • Interaction between money cultures of the Tang and Western Asia (p.76)

Ch.6  Song dynasty money (p.79)

  • Bronze and iron coins of the Northern and Southern Song (p.82)
  • The birth and development of Song dynasty paper money (p.86)

Ch.7  Liao, Xia, Jin and Yuan dynasty money (p.93)

  • Liao money (p.95)
  • Xi Xia money (p.98)
  • Jin money (p.100)

Ch.8  Yuan dynasty money (p.105)

  • Varieties of Yuan dynasty money (p.105)
  • Persian paper money and the Arabification of Mongol khanate coins (p.113)

Ch.9  Ming dynasty money (p.117)

  • Da Ming tongxing baochao (Ming paper money) (p.119)
  • Silver (p.122)
  • Ming and late Ming coins (p.125)

Ch.10  The Asian money cultural sphere, with China at the centre (p.133)

  • China and Japan (p.136)
  • China and Korea (p.139)
  • China and Vietnam (p.142)
  • China and South East Asian countries (p.145)

Ch.11  Money in the early Qing dynasty (p.149)

  • Managing a copper-based coinage across the country (p.151)
  • Qing dynasty cash coins (p.158)
  • Qing dynasty silver (p.169)
  • Exchange rates between silver and cash coins, and unofficial practices (p.174)
  • Money cultures in Xinjiang, and interaction with foreign money cultures (p.182)

Ch.12  Copper dollars and silver dollars of the modern period (p.191)

  • Foreign silver dollars and their influence on Chinese money culture (p.193)
  • The course of China copying foreign silver dollars (p.199)
  • Cash coins and copper dollars in the modern period (p.203)
  • The transition from silver ingots to silver dollars (p.209)
  • Copper dollars and silver dollars in the Republican period (p.225)

Ch.13  Paper money of the modern period (p.247)

  • A general survey of paper money (p.249)
  • A kaleidoscope of paper money (p.262)

Ch.14  Paper money issued by the government and banks in the modern period (p.273)

  • Government-issued notes (chaopiao) (p.275)
  • The circulation of foreign banknotes in China (p.278)
  • Notes issued by national banks (p.285)
  • Notes issued by commercial banks (p.293)
  • Notes issued by provincial and regional banks in the Republican period (p.302)

Ch.15  The evolution of the monetary system in the modern period (p.313)

  • A monetary system based on silver (p.315)
  • From the late Qing Rules of Coinage to replacing the liang with the yuan (p.318)
  • The policy on “fabi” (legal currency) and national finance (p.322)
  • Currency war between China and Japan (p.329)
  • Fake currency, gold yuan notes and the collapse of the monetary system (p.337)

Ch.16  Monetary finance in the revolutionary base areas and the establishment of the renminbi system (p.345)

  • The birth of the financial system in the revolutionary base areas (1927-1937) (p.347)
  • The development and expansion of the financial system of the New Democracy Movement (1937-1945) (p.350)
  • The victory of the New Democracy Movement’s financial system across the whole country (1945-1949) (p.361)

Appendix (p.371)

  • Carriers of popular culture – coin-shaped charms (p.373)

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