Ming Rebellion Li Zhi Cheng Yong Chang Tong Bao, 1 cash Coin, 1644 AD Nice coin!
ANCIENT CHINA Ming Rebellion
Li Zhi Cheng
Yong Chang Tong Bao, 1 cash Coin, 1644 AD
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Weight: 3.67 grams; Size: 23.7 mm
Yong Chang Tong Bao, 1 cash Coin, Nice worn and circulated coin!
LI TZU-CH'ENG, AD 1644
Li Tzu-ch'eng was the son of a village leader in Shansi. After a period of famine and high taxation, Li and his followers revolted. The end of the Ming dynasty came in 1644 when Li succeeded in taking Peking. He assumed the reign title Yung-Ch'ang and declared himself emperor, upon which Chuang Lieh, the last Ming emperor, committed suicide.
S-1324, Bronze 1 cash. Obverse: "YUNG CH'ANG T'UNG PAO". Reverse: blank.
In AD 1644 the Chinese were once again conquered by foreigners as the Manchurians took control of much of China to establish the Ch'ing Dynasty, but reaching that point was a long drawn out process, starting about 70 years earlier and they did not gain full control for another 40 years. This was a period of turmoil during which a series of pretenders and rebels controlling small (some sometimes not so small) regions fought a series wars and rebellions at first against the Ming, later against the Ch'ing, and sometimes between each other. These people are referred to as the Ming Rebels and it is a fairly complex period in Chinese history.
The order in which Schjoth lists these rules does not give a sense of this history, and I am working on sorting out presentation that hopefully will do so, but I am not there yet. This is a section I am just now beginning to again work on, so hopefully there will be a better presentation here soon.
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