Small Swords Society
General information

China Qing Dynasty Flag 1889 Qing Dynasty


Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai


Chinese cash



Historical information

c. 1850s

Societal information and affiliations

Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

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The Small Swords Society (simplified Chinese: 小刀会; traditional Chinese: 小刀會; pinyin: Xiăo Dāo Huì) was a political and military organization active in Shanghai and neighboring areas during the Taiping Rebellion.


The Small Swords Society was founded in the 1850s during the upheavals of the Taiping Rebellion. It was one of the several rebel groups that was affiliated with the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. It consisted mainly of natives from Guangdong and Fujian.

In 1853, the organization occupied the Chinese city of Shanghai, where its headquarters were set up in the Yuyuan Gardens.


Small Sword Society 39-2

A coin of the Small Swords Society.

For more information, see Coins of the Small Swords Society

The Small Swords Society was one of only a few of the Chinese rebel groups to mint its own coinage. These were denominated in cash and composed of copper. Similar to most of the coins of China minted during the time period, there were square holes in the center of the Small Swords Society coins.


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