Hartill 16.407 Chong-Ning-Zhong-Bao 1102 AD ANCIENT CHINA Northern Song Dynasty
The Northern Song Dynasty
"Chong-Ning-Zhong-Bao" 1102-1106 A.D.
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Reference: Hartill 16.407
Weight: 11.9 grams; Size: 34.5 mm; Material: Bronze
Chong Ning Zhong Bao (1102-1106 A.D)
Large 10 Cash Size Coin
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.