Hartill 14.147 Tang Dynasty Rebel Emperor SHIH SU-MING 100 cash Shun Tian 759 AD
RARE Authentic ANCIENT CHINA
Tang rebels 759 AD, Shun Tian Yuan Bao, Value 100 cash
Reference: Hartill 14.147
Weight: 18 grams; Size: 35 mm; Bronze
In 755, a revolt started in the north-west of China. The capital, Luoyang, was taken, and the Emperor fled to Sichuan. One of the rebels, Shi Siming, issued coins at Luoyang from 758. Shi was killed in 761, and the revolt was eventually suppressed in 763 with the help of foreign troops.
Rebel Emperor SHIH SU-MING
The rebel Shih Su-ming declared himself Emperor in AD 757 after killing Li Lung-chi's son. He controlled a large area including the T'ang capital at Lo-yang, may have held more power than the official T'ang Emperor. As such, one could consider him to be the real ruler of T'ang during this short period period, during which he issued some interesting coins.
S-409, Bronze value 100 cash. Obverse: "SHUN-T'IEN YUAN PAO" (a currency agreeable to heaven). Reverse: crescent opening upwards at the top.
Schjoth reports an example of this type (S-410) with an incuse "WANG" on the reverse. We have never seen one, and consider the use of an incuse character on coin like this to be suspect. It is possible the character was engraved into the reverse privately, long after the coin was cast.