From ancient times to the present, people have the traditional custom of saving coins, it is understood that the collection of coins is generally divided into paper money, gold and silver commemorative coins and ancient coins three categories, and ancient coins in the silver yuan has been a hot spot. Because the silver material is precious, the artistic value is high. At the same time, the production of silver coins than ancient money and Republic of China paper money is much less, coupled with the late Qing, the Republic of China war and other factors, some of the more precious silver varieties have been scarce. It is reported that Jiangnan Longyang, Guangxu Yuanbao Beiyang in the coin are popular varieties.
Beiyang is now the old name of Tianjin, in the Qing Dynasty was called Zhili Province. Beiyang Machinery Bureau (also known as the General Administration of Arms and Machinery, Tianjin Machinery Manufacturing Bureau) is China's early modern arsenal, founded in 1867 by three foreign trade ministers Chong Hou and others, in 1870 by Li Hongzhang. Guang Xu 13 years (1887), Li Hongzhang established in Tianjin attached to the Beiyang Machinery Bureau of Machine casting (Baojin Bureau), casting mechanism copper money, coin equipment from the Beiyang Machinery Bureau, part of the import from the United Kingdom. Guang Xu 21 years (1895), the Qing government allowed the provinces to imitate the casting of Western-style silver coins, then Beiyang Minister Wang Wenshao Beiyang Machinery Bureau to test the casting of silver coins, in Guang Xu 22 years (1896) in July cast a set of main coins in circles, denominations of one round, Wu Jiao ,20,1, half a set of five-class silver coins, Beiyang Machinery Bureau's initial silver coins.
Guang Xu 34 years (1908), the Qing Dynasty has entered a declining era, all chaos between the government and the opposition, Guang Xu emperor, Empress Dowager Cixi died in Beijing one after another, in this complex historical background ,34 years of "Guang Xu Yuanbao" also came out ,34 years of silver yuan continued to follow the 33 years of the regiment, the year changed to 34, in view of the chaos, Guang Xu Yuanbao Beiyang 34 years appear to have historical value, but many versions.
This "seven coins and two percent of Guangxu Yuanbao made in Beiyang" contains 96 percent silver and 3 percent copper. The front bead circle is full of "Guangxu Yuanbao" in Chinese, the upper ring (made in Beiyang) outside the circle, and the lower ring is "Kuping Qiqian Fen", with a dot on the left and right; the center of the back is the picture of a dragon, with the upper and lower rings in English, and the Arabic numeral "34" on the left and a dot on the left. The flat dragon is a long bearded dragon with vivid eyes. The Dragon scales are finely carved, flying through the clouds and clouds. The body of the dragon stands in the sun, displaying the royal majesty. Among all the silver coins with dragon and ocean patterns in China (including all the silver coins issued abroad), this dragon painting is the most exquisite in craftsmanship, the most perfect in carving, and the strongest sense of relief. The mirror surface is flat and smooth, and the lines of pattern are very clear. Therefore, this coin has high collection and investment value!