Glorious Mercy from Emperor Zhen Der of the Ming Dynasty (明正德恩榮銀錢)
Weight: 2 grams
Date: 1515 A.D.
The 10th Year of Zhen Der
恩榮(Glorious Mercy) was a term meaning a reward given by the emperor to a person with special contribution. Such as﹕
恩榮坊(Memorial Gateway of Glorious Mercy), was a special statute constructed under an imperial edict in memory of an outstanding official who died . (See the picture below)
恩榮宴(Banquet of Glorious Mercy), was a party hosted by the emperor to entertain final qualifiers and examiners of national examinations.
This silver piece is featured in a cash coin by shearing and inscribed with 「正德十年．恩榮」(The 10th Year of Zhen Der (1515 A.D), Glorious Mercy) by engraving, and its silver fineness is respectively low. Regarding its origin, there are two speculations, one is being discovered in an old temple, another is being excavated in a tomb belonging to a Ming official. It characteristics are similar to those gold and silver buried coins unearthed in the Kuangtung and Kuangsi regions, therefore, the latter one may be sustained, this piece and its counterparts are assumed to be a reward from the emperor Zhen Der to an official who died.
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