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1361-1368 AD - Red Turbans' rebellion against Yuan dynasty, cash of Zhu Yuanzhang (the founder of Ming dynasty) as Prince of Wu (1361-1368), Empire of China; Hartill #20.1

1361-1368 AD - Red Turbans' rebellion against Yuan dynasty, cash of Zhu Yuanzhang (the founder of Ming dynasty) as Prince of Wu (1361-1368), Empire of China; Hartill #20.1

Four Chinese characters Da Zhong Tong Bao / Blanke. 23mm, 2.72 grams. Schjöth #1127; Hartill 20.1.

"Da Zhong" was the dynasty name Zhu Yuanzhang wanted to adopt initially. Later on, he changed his ming and named his dynasty "Ming". The Hongwu Emperor (13281398), known variably by his given name Zhu Yuanzhang and by the temple name Taizu of the Ming was the founder and first emperor (136898) of the Ming Dynasty of China. His era name, Hongwu, means "great military power". In the middle of the 1300s, with famine, plagues and peasant revolts sweeping across China, Zhu joined one of the many groups of local rebels who were starting to appear throughout China. Zhu's natural abilities allowed him to rise rapidly within his group to a position of command. Zhu's local rebels soon joined with the Red Turban Movement, a millenarian sect related to the White Lotus Society, and a sect combining cultural and religious traditions of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, and other religions. By portraying himself as a defender of Confucianism and neo-Confucianism, Zhu emerged as a national leader against the collapsing Yuan Dynasty and became a leader of an army that conquered China, ending the Yuan Dynasty and forcing the Mongols to retreat to the Mongolian steppes. With his seizure of the Yuan capital Dadu (present-day Beijing), he claimed the Mandate of Heaven and established the Ming Dynasty in the year 1368. This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic

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