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221-265 AD - Rare neat Wu Zhu, Gansu area in Kingdom of Shu (221-265 AD), "Three Kingdoms" period (225-280 AD), China (Hartill #10.10)

221-265 AD - Rare neat Wu Zhu, Gansu area in Kingdom of Shu (221-265 AD), "Three Kingdoms" period (225-280 AD), China (Hartill #10.10)

Two Chinese characters Wu Zhu (=5 zhus), inside and outside rim / Blank, inside and outside rim. 22mm, 1.96 grams. Minte in the Gansu area. Hartill #10.10.

Issued between 221 and 265 AD, attributed to the Shu Kingdom by the virtue of their find-spots in Gansu. Hartill #10.10. Liu Bei is a famous hero of the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" and also a figure of worship int he Chinese folk religion - he is worshipped as the patron of shoemakers in Chengdu, which is also known as the "City of Shoes" as more than eighty million pairs of shoes totaling five billion yuan in sales are manufactured there annually. According to the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" Liu Bei issued "value 100" coins when he took Chengdu in Sichuan in 214 AD to overcome the shortage of cash and problems in paying the troops. Shu Han, sometimes known as the Kingdom of Shu was one of the Three Kingdoms competing for control of China after the fall of the Han Dynasty, based on areas around Sichuan which was then known as Shu. During the decline of the Han Dynasty, Liu Bei, a distant relative of the emperor, gathered together many capable men, and with Zhuge Liang's advice, took parts of Jing province at first, then Yi province and Hanzhong. From these territories, he established a place for himself in China during Han's final years. Although Liu Bei is said to be the founder of the Shu Han Dynasty, he himself never claimed to be the founder of a new dynasty; rather, he claimed to continue the heritage of the earlier Han Emperors. Some historians argue it was the last Han Dynasty because Liu Bei was directly related to the Han sovereignty. The other two states were Cao Wei in central and northern China and Eastern Wu in southern and southeastern China.

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