Certified Taiping Rebellion 10-cash, cast in Jiangsu area, 1853-1855, China

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Tian Guo (“Heavenly Kingdom”) written vertically/ Sheng Bao (“Sacred currency”) written vertically. 39mm, 23.3 grams. Hartill 23.4.

Very attractive and popular large coin. With a professionally repaired crack (most of these large coins are found cracked and it seems they were damaged on purpose at some point)

The Taiping Rebellion, also known as the Taiping Civil War or the Taiping Revolution, was a massive civil war in China between the Manchu-led Qing dynasty and the Hakka-led Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. The uprising was commanded by Hong Xiuquan, an ethnic Hakka (a Han subgroup) and the self-proclaimed brother of Jesus Christ. Its goals were religious, nationalist, and political in nature; Hong sought the conversion of the Han people to the Taiping's syncretic version of Christianity, to overthrow the Qing dynasty, and a state transformation. The Taiping revolt lasted from 1850 to 1864, although following the fall of Tianjing (now Nanjing), the last rebel army was not wiped out until August 1871. The conflict resulted in approximately 20 million deaths. The established Qing government won decisively, although at a great price to its fiscal and political structure.



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