Haedong t'ongbo coin


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Touch the animation button to see the traditional process of casting East Asian coins.The Haedong t'ongbo was one of the earliest coins issued in Korea. It was modelled on the design of contemporary Chinese coins of the Song dynasty in terms of its shape (round with a square hole in the centre), its inscription (with Chinese characters arranged around the hole) and in terminology (using the phrase tongbao).The calligraphy on this coin is in seal script. The inscription reads 'Haedong t'ongbo', starting from the character at the top and reading clockwise around the square hole. Haedong literally means 'east of the sea' and refers to the kingdom of Koryo (Korea). T'ongbo means 'circulating treasure' or 'coin'.


  • Title: Haedong t'ongbo coin
  • Date Created: 1097/1105
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 24.00mm; Weight: 3.15g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1884,511.1189
  • Production place: Minted in Korea
  • Period/culture: Koryo Dynasty
  • Material: bronze
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Wills, Howel. Previous owner/ex-collection Frentzel, Rudolph. Previous owner/ex-collection Kutsuki, Masatsuna

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