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1644-1647 AD - Nice bronze cash of the infamous mass murderer Zhang Xianzhong, self-styled "King of the Great Western Kingdom" (1644-1647), the Board of Works mint, China

1644-1647 AD - Nice bronze cash of the infamous mass murderer Zhang Xianzhong, self-styled "King of the Great Western Kingdom" (1644-1647), the Board of Works mint, China

Four Chinese characters - Da Shun Tong Bao / Chinese character Gong below hole . 27.5mm, 4.65 grams. Issued in 1644-1647 AD, "The Board of Works" mint. Schjöth #1328; Hartill 21.8.

Scarce.

Zhang Xianzhong was a Chinese rebel leader at the close of the Ming dynasty (13681644). He is known as one of the worst mass-murderers in the history of China - under him, the population of Sichuan shrank from 3 to 5 million people to some 18 thousand people (!!!), and the population of Chengdu shrank from 400000 people to 20 people (!!!!). Following a disastrous famine in the northern province of Shaanxi in 1628, Zhang became the leader of a gang of freebooters who used hit-and-run tactics to plunder widely throughout North China. Although his forces were bought off several times and were defeated by government troops, they retreated into the hills, regrouped, and continued their raids. In 1644, the year of the fall of the Ming dynasty, Zhang advanced once again into Sichuan province in west-central China with about 100,000 men and enthroned himself as the Daxiguo Wang (King of the Great Western Kingdom). He coined money and set up an examination system to recruit talented men. Despite these attempts to establish a civilian government, he was chiefly concerned with military control, which he pursued with utter ruthlessness, eventually resulting in a virtual depopulation of Sichuan and deaths of millions of people. In late 1646 and early 1647, when Qing forces advanced into southwestern China, they attacked and killed him and defeated his troops. This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic

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