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25-220 AD - Eastern Han dynasty. Bronze Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), Empire of China (Hartill 10.2) - scarce variety with a star below "Wu" on obverse!

25-220 AD - Eastern Han dynasty. Bronze Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), Empire of China (Hartill 10.2) - scarce variety with a star below "Wu" on obverse!
Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), with a characteristic rounded "Zhu" and a "star" below hole, shallow outside rim / Blank, star to the left of the hole, inside rim, shallow outside rim. 25.5mm, 2.55 grams. BM Chinese coins (Poole) #398-403var. (without the marks); Hartill 10.2var (see note on page 93); Schjoth 178var (without the marks).
Some Wu Zhus from the Eastern Han dynasty period show a variety of marks, either on obverse or the reverse. The system of placing the a "star" or "stars" (small blobs) in different positions on the obverse was probably a way to mark a mint of a particular issue of coins - the system is undecipherable and is not yet understood.

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".

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