Home : China : "Three Kingdoms" period (220-280 AD) : 238-252 AD - Kingdom of Wu (222-280 AD), rare very large "Value 500" w/squat characters, 500-cash of King Sun Quan (222-252 AD), "The Three Kingdoms" period, China (Hartill #11.30)

238-252 AD - Kingdom of Wu (222-280 AD), rare very large "Value 500" w/squat characters, 500-cash of King Sun Quan (222-252 AD), "The Three Kingdoms" period, China (Hartill #11.30)

238-252 AD - Kingdom of Wu (222-280 AD), rare very large "Value 500" w/squat characters, 500-cash of King Sun Quan (222-252 AD), "The Three Kingdoms" period, China (Hartill #11.30)

Four squat Chinese characters Da Quan Wu Bai (="Large coin worth five hundred"), inside and outside rims / Blank, inside and outside rims. 29.5mm, 6.30 grams. Issued 238-252 AD. Schjöth #192; Hartill 11.30.

In 238 AD Sun Quan, King of Wu, coined the "Value 500" and "value 1000" coins. Copper held in private hands was confiscated and exchanged for these coins in order to prevent illicit coining. All these coins are thought to have been cast in Nanking or in Hubei. These large inflationary coins are rare. This piece is the earlier large piece with large long characters. Eastern Wu, also known as Sun Wu, was one of the Three Kingdoms competing for control of China after the fall of the Han Dynasty in the Jiangnan (Yangtze Delta) region of China. During its existence, its capital was largely at Jianye , modern Nanjing, but at times was at Wuchang. During the decline of the Han dynasty, the region of Wu - a region in the south of the Yangtze River surrounding Nanjing - was under the control of the warlord Sun Quan. Unlike his competitors, he did not really have the ambition to be Emperor of China. However, after Cao Pi of Cao Wei and Liu Bei of the Shu Han each declared themselves to be the Emperor, Sun Quan decided to follow suit in 229, claiming to have founded the Wu Dynasty. Sun Quan's long reign resulted in the stabilizing of the south. Wu and Shu had a military alliance, to defeat Wei in the north. Wu never managed to gain territory north of the Yangtze river, but Wei never managed to take territory south of the river. Eastern Wu was finally conquered by the first Jin emperor, Sima Yan, in 280. Wu was the longest-lived of the three kingdoms.

Details
SKU w39412
Sold By
 
Price:
US$110.00 EUR 94.97 GBP 85.79 CHF 107.21 CAD 144.96
Options
Quantity This item has been sold.