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1000 Years ANCIENT CHINA 1111-1117 AD Zheng He Tong Bao Northern Song Dynasty

The Northern Song Dynasty
1000 Years Coins (1111 - 1117 AD)

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Reference: Hartill 16.444

Zheng He Tong Bao (Chinese: 政和通寶; pinyin: zhzhèng hé tōngbǎo) (1111 - 1117 AD).

From China
Song dynasty, Daguan reign period (AD 1111-1117 AD)
Designed by the Emperor Huizong

Calligraphy was regarded as one of the highest art forms during the Song dynasty, and the calligraphy for this coin was supplied by the Emperor Huizong (reigned 1101-25) himself. Huizong was extremely interested in the arts, and developed a very distinctive style of calligraphy, known as 'slender needle style', which can be seen here.

Emperor Huizong of Song

Emperor Huizong (Emperor Hui-tsung; 7 June 1082 – 4 June 1135) was the eighth and one of the most famous emperors of the Song dynasty of China, with a personal life spent amidst luxury, sophistication and art but ending in tragedy. It was during his reign that the Jurchens of the Jin dynasty invaded, beginning the Jin–Song wars. He was captured by the Jurchens and taken to Manchuria in the Jingkang Incident.

Born Zhao Ji, he was the 11th son of Emperor Shenzong. In February 1100 his older half-brother Emperor Zhezong (哲宗) died without a surviving son, and Huizong succeeded him the next day as emperor. He reigned from 1100 to 1126.

Huizong was famed for his promotion of Taoism. He was also a skilled poet, painter, calligrapher, and musician. He sponsored numerous artists at his court, and the catalogue of his imperial painting collection lists over 6,000 known paintings.



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