Tong Zhi Tong Bao Large Palace Coin Tian Xia Tai Ping " World peace" AD 1861-75

Tong Zhi Tong Bao Large Palace Coin Tian Xia Tai Ping " World peace" AD 1861-75

ANCIENT CHINA
Qing Dynasty
The Tongzhi Emperor AD 1861-1875
Large Palace Coin
Rev: Tian Xia Tai Ping, which means: " World peace" in English
 

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The Tongzhi Emperor 1861-1875 AD
34 grams; 45 mm; material: Brass

 

Tianxia Taiping Coins.

These coins have on the reverse: 天下太平 Tian Xia Tai Ping (Heaven below Great Peace - Peace on Earth), and the period titles, Qianlong, Jiaqing, Daoguang, Xianfeng, Tongzhi, Guangxu or Xuantong on the obverse combined with tong bao, or occasionally zhong bao.

The Register of Large Cash says: " These coins were used for presentation in the Palace of Ancestral Worship, each wrapped in a piece of rectangular cloth. Each time an Emperor ascended to his ancestors (died), they were replaced with newly cast coins."

Some of these are clearly of Board of Revenue manufacture.

The Tongzhi Emperor

The Tongzhi Emperor (27 April 1856 – 12 January 1875), born Zaichun of the Manchu Aisin Gioro clan, was the tenth emperor of the Qing dynasty, and the eighth Qing emperor to rule over China. His reign, from 1861 to 1875, which effectively lasted through his adolescence, was largely overshadowed by the rule of his mother, Empress Dowager Cixi. Although he had little influence over state affairs, the events of his reign gave rise to what historians call the "Tongzhi Restoration", an unsuccessful attempt to stabilise and modernise China.

The only surviving son of the Xianfeng Emperor and Empress Dowager Cixi, the Tongzhi Emperor attempted political reform in the period of the Tongzhi Restoration. His first regnal name was Qixiang (祺祥; Manchu: Fengšengge Sabingga), but this name was later abandoned by Cixi in favour of "Tongzhi", a contraction of the classical phrase tonggui yu zhi (simplified Chinese: 同归与治; traditional Chinese: 同歸與治), which means "restoring order together".[citation needed] An alternate interpretation reads it as "mother and son co-emperors" (Chinese: 母子同治天下),[citation needed] which fits the state of affairs, as the empress dowager wielded real power and ruled behind the scenes. The traditional Chinese political phrase "attending audiences behind a curtain" (simplified Chinese: 垂帘听政; traditional Chinese: 垂簾聽政; pinyin: chuí lián tīng zhèng) was coined to describe Cixi's rule through her son.

In the fall of 1874, the Tongzhi Emperor got into a clash with his ministers, which included his two uncles, Prince Gong and Prince Chun, largely over the emperor's plans to rebuild the Old Summer Palace at a time in which the empire was bankrupt, and over his dissolute behavior. The emperor reacted by firing the ministers, but Empress Dowagers Ci'an and Cixi intervened, and he had them reinstated. That December, it was announced that he was ill with smallpox, and the empress dowagers resumed the regency. He died on January 12, 1875, leaving no sons to succeed him.

The Tongzhi Emperor's death left the court in a succession crisis, as, although he was childless, his empress was reportedly pregnant. Eventually, the empress dowagers designated the Tongzhi Emperor's three-year-old cousin, Zaitian, as the heir to the throne. Zaitian was biologically Prince Chun's son, but was "adopted" as the Xianfeng Emperor's son, hence he was eligible to succeed the Tongzhi Emperor. Zaitian was thus enthroned as the Guangxu Emperor, with Empress Dowagers Ci'an and Cixi resuming their roles as regents. The Tongzhi Emperor's empress died a few months later.

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Tong Zhi Tong Bao Large Palace Coin Tian Xia Tai Ping " World peace" AD 1861-75

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