Hartill 20.229 RARE CHINA Ming Dynasty Large Tian Qi 10 cash one Tael AD 1621-27


Large Tian Qi 10 cash, one Tael

AD 1621-1627


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Reference: Hartill 20.229

Weight: 36 grams; Size: 46 mm; Brass

Emperor HSI TSUNG AD 1621-1627
reign title: T'IEN-CH'I, AD 1621-1627
10 Cash or 1 Liang.

Obverse: T'IEN-CH'I T'UNG-PAO.

Reverse: "SHIH" (10) at the top, and "YI-LIANG" (1 Liang) to the right.


Tianqi Emperor

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.

The Tianqi Emperor died in 1627 and was succeeded by his fifth and sole surviving brother, Zhu Youjian, because he had no sons to succeed him. Zhu Youjian was enthroned as the Chongzhen Emperor. As both the Tianqi Emperor's daughters died early too, it seems that there are no natural heirs from the emperor left alive.



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Hartill 20.229 RARE CHINA Ming Dynasty Large Tian Qi 10 cash one Tael AD



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