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845-846 AD - Tang dynasty (618-907), bronze Huichang cash of the Emperor Wu Zong (840-849 AD), "Yue" and nail mark on reverse, Yue in Zhejiang, Empire of China - Hartill -

845-846 AD - Tang dynasty (618-907), bronze Huichang cash of the Emperor Wu Zong (840-849 AD), "Yue" and nail mark on reverse, Yue in Zhejiang, Empire of China - Hartill -

Four Chinese characters Kai Yuan Tong Bao / Chinese character Yue (for Yue prefecture in Zhejiang) below the hole, nail mark above the hole. 24mm, 3.7 grams. Issued in 845-846 AD. Schjth #383 var (without the nail mark); Hartill 14.95 var (without the nail mark).
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Emperor Wu Zong is chiefly known for his religious persecutions - he was a fervent follower of Taoism. In 845 AD he ordered the destruction of the Buddhist monasteries and used the copper from the Buddhist bells, gongs, statues and insense burners to cast coins. These coins are commonly known as "Huichang Coins" after the Huichang period which spanned 845 and 846 AD - this coin offered for sale is one of these coins. A nice little piece of history!
The Tang Dynasty, with its capital at Chang'an (present-day Xi'an), the most populous city in the world at the time, is generally regarded as a high point in Chinese civilization - a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. Its territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, was greater than that of the Han period, and it rivalled that of the later Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. In 907 the Tang Dynasty was ended when Zhu Wen, now a military governor, deposed the last emperor of Tang, Emperor Ai of Tang, and took the throne for himself (known posthumously as Emperor Taizu of Later Liang). He established the Later Liang Dynasty, which inaugurated the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period. A year later the deposed Emperor Ai was poisoned to death by Zhu Wen.
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