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562-566 AD - Chen dynasty (557-581 AD). Scarce bronze Chen Wu Zhu of Emperor Wen (559-566 AD), The "North and South dynasties" period, China (420-581 AD), Hartill #10.22

562-566 AD - Chen dynasty (557-581 AD). Scarce bronze Chen Wu Zhu of Emperor Wen (559-566 AD), The "North and South dynasties" period, China (420-581 AD), Hartill #10.22

Four Chinese characters Wu Zhu ("5 zhus"), shallow outside rim, no inside rim / Blank, inside and outside rim. Issued 562-566 AD. 25mm, 2.52 grams. Hartill 10.22; Schjoth -.

Chen Wu Zhu.Stout outer rim, no inner rim. Top part of the zhu component square, bottom part round. Cast from Tian Jia 3 (562) One was worth ten small goose-eye coins.

The Chen Dynasty (557-589), also known as Southern Chen Dynasty, was the fourth and the last of the Southern dynasties in China, eventually destroyed by the Sui Dynasty. When the dynasty was founded by Emperor Wu, it was exceedingly weak, possessing only a small portion of the territory once held by its predecessor Liang Dynasty -- and that portion was devastated by wars that had doomed Liang. However, Emperor Wu's successors Emperor Wen and Emperor Xuan were capable rulers, and the state gradually solidified and strengthened, becoming roughly equal in power to rivals Northern Zhou and Northern Qi. After Northern Zhou destroyed Northern Qi in 577, Chen was cornered. To make matters worse, its final emperor Chen Shubao was an incompetent and indulgent ruler, and Chen was eventually destroyed by Northern Zhou's successor state Sui. This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic

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