Hartill22.336 Rare Taiwan Provincial Mint Qian Long Tong Bao, Bao Tai 1740 China
Reference: Hartill 22.336
Obv: Qian Long Tong Bao 乾隆通寶
Manchu inscription " Bao Tai " Taiwan Provincial Mint
The Qianlong Emperor 1735 – 1796 AD
The Qianlong Emperor (25 September 1711 – 7 February 1799), formerly romanized as the Chien-lung Emperor, was the sixth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty, and the fourth Qing emperor to rule over China proper. Born as Hongli (formerly Hung-li), the fourth son of the Yongzheng Emperor, he reigned officially from 11 October 1735 to 8 February 1796.1 On 8 February, he abdicated in favor of his son, the Jiaqing Emperor – a filial act in order not to reign longer than his grandfather, the illustrious Kangxi Emperor. Despite his retirement, however, he retained ultimate power until his death in 1799. Although his early years saw the continuation of an era of prosperity in China, his final years saw troubles at home and abroad converge on the Qing Empire.