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919-924 AD - Former Shu Kingdom in Sichuan (907-925 AD), NICE! Qian De Yuan Bao cash of Emperor Wang Yan (918-925 AD), China (Hartill #15.42)

919-924 AD - Former Shu Kingdom in Sichuan (907-925 AD), NICE! Qian De Yuan Bao cash of Emperor Wang Yan (918-925 AD), China (Hartill #15.42)
Four large Chinese characters Very crude Qian De Yuan Bao / Blank. 23mm, 2.87 grams. Minted in 919-924 AD. Hartill #15.42.
The coins of the father and son of the Wang family were famously called "Coarse and vile" by Schjoth. They are usually crudely cast and exhibit crude and sloppy calligraphy. Rare this nice!
Former Shu was one of the Ten Kingdoms formed during the chaotic period between the rules of the Tang dynasty and the Song dynasty. The first ruler of the dynasty, Wang Jang, began his career as a village thief, later he enlisted as a soldier, rose through the ranks and was named military governor of western Sichuan by the Tang court in 891. By 901 he was a virtually independent ruler of Sichuan with a capital in Chengdu. As the Tang Dynasty weakened and eventually fell in 907, Wang was able to expand his holdings into eastern Sichuan and took the title of emperor as the Tang fell in 907. Wang Jian died in 918, having been replaced by an incompetent son. The Later Tang Dynasty replaced the Later Liang Dynasty in 923. Shortly after that, the Shatuo Turk controlled northern China dynasty marched in under the leadership of Li Cunxu, and incorporated the kingdom into his domains.

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