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25-220 AD - Eastern Han dynasty. Bronze Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), Empire of China (Hartill 10.2) - with the additional "Yi Yi" on obverse

25-220 AD - Eastern Han dynasty. Bronze Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), Empire of China (Hartill 10.2) - with the additional "Yi Yi" on obverse

Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), with a characteristic rounded "Zhu", additional character "Yi" ("1") below Wu, another "Yi" in incuse inside "Wu", shallow outside rim / Blank, inside rim, shallow outside rim. 25mm, 2.05 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 or characters, either on obverse or the reverse. The system of placing these characters or "stars"  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 BCE-220 CE) was the second imperial dynasty of China, preceded by the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE) and succeeded by the Three Kingdoms (220-265 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 BCE-9 CE) and Eastern Han (252-20 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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