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Japanese Silver Coin of He Tong Kai Zhen
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The coin, dating from the reign of the Empress Gemmei of the Nara period (708 A.D.,the Second Year of the Jinglong Reign), was based on the round coin of Kai Yuan Tong Bao in shape, weight and style, which was regarded as one of the first coins issued in Japan. This kind of coin is rare due to its short fifteen month circulation period. The Hejiacun hoard yielded five silver coins of He Tong Kai Zhen, which were believed to be brought into Tang China in the Fourth Year of Kaiyuan Reign of Emperor Xuanzong by the seventh Japanese diplomatic envoy.

History of the Object
In October 1970, a hoard of 1000 silver and gold objects, as well as jade and other precious stones called the Hejiacun Hoard was discovered during an infrastructure construction at Hejiacun Village in the southern suburbs of Xi’an, where the Xinghua Workshop of Chang'an during the Tang Dynasty had been located.

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Type
Coins and medals 
Materials
Silver 
Measurements
Width Diameter: 2.3 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Function
means of payment 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1970 from a Tang Dynasty hoard, Hejiacun, southern suburbs of Xi’an City. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Shaanxi History Museum 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
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