To see Chongqing’s earliest coins in Baren Museum
Chongzhen Tongbao and Malan Coins are characteristic coins in Chongqing
Among the coins in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Chongzhen Tongbao, which circulated in Chongqing in the Ming Dynasty, is one of the most characteristic coins in Chongqing. On the back of Chongzhen Tongbao, there is a word "重" which means Chongqing.
Malan Coins were circulated in Sichuan and Chongqing, which has a unique shape of coins cast by Sichuan and Chongqing. There is a "horse" on the front and a bunch of "orchids" on the back, so the coin is called “Malan Coin”.
In addition to all kinds of horses and orchids, there are patterns about animals like crane and cow on the front of Malan Coin. And not only orchid leaves but also plum flowers, chrysanthemums are on the back of Malan Coin. A few words and numbers are carved in the Malan Coin.
Zhuoheba Yanfang note is the earliest note in Chongqing
By modern times, there were many kinds of coins used in Chongqing. From 1840 to 1949, Chongqing was the financial and economic center of the Southwest China, with many branches of banks.
Therefore, the modern currency and finance in Chongqing were influenced by the political situation. In modern times, the currency of Chongqing was consisted of copper coins, silver ingots, silver coins and notes, as well as the "bill of remit account", which had been used for more than 30 years.
The exhibition has showed the earliest notes in Chongqing - Qianjiang Zhuoheba Yanfang money note, which was written: "凭票发钱一千文整" (the note can exchange for thousand pennies).
The Yanfang Money Shop, which issued the money notes, is a large credit institution in the early Zhuoshui Town, Qianjiang. In addition to dealing with deposits and loans business, it could issue money notes, which can be exchanged for silver coins and currency.
During the period of the Republic of China, banks gradually rose to replace money shops. Yanfang Money Shop were closed since then. (Translated by Jiang Yuling, Fathom Language Limited)