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175-119 BC - Western Han dynasty. Rare lead "4 zhu" ban-liang, after Emperor Wen Di (180-157 BC), Empire of China (Hartill 7.17 var)

175-119 BC - Western Han dynasty. Rare lead "4 zhu" ban-liang, after Emperor Wen Di (180-157 BC), Empire of China (Hartill 7.17 var)

Two large Chinese characters Ban Liang ("Half an ounce"), huge-sized characters (lower part of liang is like an "E"), no rims or other marks / Blank, no rims. 24mm, 2.39 grams. BM Chinese coins (Poole) #256ff; Hartill #7.17.

Lead (NOT bronze) ban-liangs are quite scarce. They are not listed in Hartill, but are well-known among collectors. 

A chinese ounce (liang) weighs about 16 grams. The earliest "Ban Liangs" weighed half that much - 8 grams, but the later pieces, like this one, weighed much less. This coin is from the last issue of Ban Liangs. The Han Dynasty (206 BCE220 CE) was the second imperial dynasty of China, preceded by the Qin Dynasty (221206 BCE) and succeeded by the Three Kingdoms (220265 CE). It was founded by the peasant rebel leader Liu Bang, known posthumously as Emperor Gaozu of Han. It was briefly interrupted by the Xin Dynasty (923 CE) of the former regent Wang Mang. This interregnum separates the Han into two periods: the Western Han (206 BCE9 CE) and Eastern Han (25220 CE). Spanning over four centuries, the period of the Han Dynasty is considered a golden age in Chinese history. To this day, China's majority ethnic group refers to itself as the "Han people".

This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic

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