Hartill 16.398 1 Cash Chong-Ning-Tong-Bao, Royal slender gold calligraphy AD1102
Ancient China, The Northern Song Dynasty
Small one Cash coin
Royal slender gold calligraphy
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Reference: Hartill 16.398
Small on cash coin
Weight: 3.5 grams; Size: 24 mm
Emperor Hui Zong (1101-1125) was a man of culture and the arts but one whose decisions regarding administration of the state resulted in the fall of the Northern Song through defeat by the Jin. Nevertheless, the coins cast during his reign are considered among the very best produced during the Song Dynasty in terms of their quality, artistic essence and calligraphy.
While coins of Emperor Hui Zong's Chong Ning years were produced as chong ning tong bao (崇宁通宝), chong ning yuan bao (崇 宁元 宝) and chong ning zhong bao (崇宁重 宝), all the coins cast during the Da Guan years were da guan tong bao (大观通 宝). Many of the 1 cash and 10 cash da guan tong bao coins display the Emperor's "slender gold" calligraphy.