Hartill 20.229 RARE CHINA Ming Dynasty Large Tian Qi 10 cash one Tael AD 1621-27
ANCIENT CHINA Ming Dynasty
Large Tian Qi 10 cash, one Tael
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Reference: Hartill 20.229
Weight: 36 grams; Size: 46 mm; Brass
The Tianqi Emperor (23 December 1605 – 30 September 1627), personal name Zhu Youxiao, was the 15th emperor of the Ming dynasty of China, reigning from 1620–1627. He was the eldest son of the Taichang Emperor and a brother of the Chongzhen Emperor, who succeeded him. "Tianqi", the era name of his reign, means "heavenly opening".
One Confucian moralist group, the Donglin Movement, expressed distress at the conditions of the government. In response, the imperial court, under Wei Zhongxian's control, covertly ordered the execution of a number of officials associated with the Donglin Movement. Living conditions worsened during the Tianqi Emperor's reign. The Ming dynasty also faced several popular uprisings.