Message from David Hrivnak (15-Jul-98):
The "unknown" coin you list Ming Ting Sung Pao is
in one of my books as being minted between 1150-1250, minted in the
and Yuan dyanasties. The reference is a photocopied listing of coins from
Annam, China and surrounding areas. I copied it about 5 years ago and
forgot to write down the name of the book!! If I remember, it's
from the UK.
Message from Wybrand Op den Velde (31-Jul-98):
A.B. Coole: Encyclopedia of Chinese coins, volume 1 (1967), has listed this
coin on page 492. Coole gives 22 works in which this coin is mentioned or
illustrated. See Encyclopedia by Ding Fu Bao on page 250. The
legend is also
read as Ming Sung Ting Pao or Minh Tinh Tong Bao. The combination of
characters of a different script style on one coin points to a Vietnamese
origin (Sung in seal script). The attribution suggested by David Hrivnak
seems unlikely. There is no year title Ming Ting or Ming Sung used by the
Sung or Yuan rulers.
Any additional comments on that coin would be appreciated.
You can sent it to Vladimir Belyaev .