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1646-1659 AD - HUGE bronze 10-cash, Prince Yongming, better known as Prince of Gui (1645-1662), Southern Ming dynasty, China - Hartill 21.79

1646-1659 AD - HUGE bronze 10-cash, Prince Yongming, better known as Prince of Gui (1645-1662), Southern Ming dynasty, China - Hartill 21.79

Four Chinese characters - Yong Li Tong Bao / Chinese characters Yi Fen (=1 Fen (of silver)) above and below the hole. 37mm, 10.58 grams. Issued in 1646-1659 AD, "The Board of Works" mint. Schjöth #1321; Hartill 21.79.

Scarce.

The Yongli Emperor (1623 - 1662), was an emperor of the Southern Ming Dynasty in China, reigning from 18 November 1646 to April 1662. His era name means "Perpetual calendar". He was one of The Southern Ming emperor who lived long enough to see the collapse of the last vestiges of the Ming dynasty in mainland China. At the age of 21 on 18 November 1646, the young Prince ascended the throne and assumed the reign name of Yongli. He initially established himself in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, but as the Ming troops were unable fend off the stronger Qing troops who were continuously sending reinforcements south towards Guangzhou, the Yongli emperor had no choice but to flee in 1650 from Guangzhou towards Nanning in order to save his life. However, as Wu Sangui's troops exerted a further pressure against his at that time current location, the Prince of Gui eventually retreated to Kunming in Yunnan in 1659 and into Burma in 1661, where he was granted refuge by the Burmese King and lived at Sagaing. Qing sent General Hong Chengchou to Burma to capture Yongli but Hong failed. Then Wu Sangui was sent with a larger army to replace him. Meanwhile, the Burmese king feared that he would lose his own kingdom if he continued to give the Prince of Gui sanctuary, which led him to allow Wu Sangui's troops to enter Burma and arrest the Prince of Gui. The Prince of Gui was finally strangled to death by Wu Sangui in April 1662. This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic

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