|Coin history - The Yuan dynasty A.D. 1271-1368|
The Mongol emperor Kublai Khan imitated the
monetary system of the Song and the Jin, and circulated both coins and paper money. The Mongols were more fond of paper money and silver than bronze
coins, and in certain periods they even tried to ban the use and production of coins (Peng p. 472). Of the 11 emperors in Yuan only
4 issued coins, thus the coins of Yuan are few and most are rare. Only two types are not
rare: the Zhi Zheng and the Da Yuan coins.
Temple money were coins made for use only in temples: these coins were not as finely made as official issues, but they were used by people as ordinary coins (Ren p. 107).