China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Shen Zong, 1067 - 1085 A.D.
Shenzong implemented Wang Anshi's famous reforms aimed at improving life for the peasantry and unemployed. He was initially successful against the Tangut Empire but Shenzong's forces were defeated at the City of Yongle battle of 1082. As a result, the Xixia forces grew more powerful and would be a thorn on the side of the Song dynasty in the ensuing decades.CH76033. Bronze 1 cash, Xi Ning yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; 16.183, 534, 950, VF, 3.731 g, maximum 24.9 mm, 1068 - 1077 A.D.; very common; $10.00 (€8.90)
China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.
Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.CH76048. Bronze 1 cash, Zhi He yuan bao, regular script, clockwise; 16.135, 511, 919, VF, 4.034 g, maximum 24.2 mm, 1054 - 1055 A.D.; very common; $10.00 (€8.90)
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