Xian Feng period 50 cash token
Collected into an amount of integral may be exchanged into official [monetary bureau] bank note
Used as 50 cash
Image received from James
Message from Gilbert Tan (05-Dec-98):
These were made during the Ching Dynasty, the Xian Feng emperor's time (1851-1861 AD) as a supplementing currency. It was an official issue during the time done on an ad hoc basis.
Message from Robert Kokotailo (23-Apr-02):
It is bronze, 54 mm in diameter and weighs 59.75 grams.
The attribution it came with, which I have no idea if it is based on anything accurate, was that it was a 50 cash of the Republic, issued by Yuan-Shih (or Yuan Shikai) as president some time around 1916.
The basic fabric and casting style is identical to Hsien Feng multiples of the 1850's and 1860's, but the bronze is more brown than brassy yellow.
Any help in confirming the attibution of this item would be greatly appreciated.