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955-959 AD - Later Zhou dynasty, Emperor Shi Zong (954-959 AD), "Ten Kingdoms" period of anarchy in China (Hartill #15.12)

955-959 AD - Later Zhou dynasty, Emperor Shi Zong (954-959 AD), "Ten Kingdoms" period of anarchy in China (Hartill #15.12)

Four Chinese characters Zhou Yuan Tong Bao ("Zhou first currency"), inside and outside rims / Inside and outside rim. 25mm, 3.0 grams. Issued in 955-959 AD. Hartill 15.12; Schjoth 414. The coins were cast from 955 to 959 AD by Emperor Shi Zong. The coins were made from the melted-down religious statues confiscated from numerous Buddhist temples. When reproached for this, the Emperor uttered a gnomic that Buddha would not have minded the sacrifice. Because of their Buddhist origins, these coins are believed to possess amuletic properties. The Later Zhou Dynasty was the last a succession of five dynasties that controlled most of northern China during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period, which lasted from 907 to 960 and bridged the gap between the Tang Dynasty and the Song Dynasty. Guo Wei, a Han Chinese, served as the Assistant Military Commissioner at the court of the Later Han Dynasty, a regime ruled by Shatuo Turks. A teenager came to the throne of the Later Han in 948 after the death of the founding emperor, Gaozu. Guo Wei led a successful coup against the teenage emperor and declared himself emperor of the new Later Zhou Dynasty on New Years Day in 951. Guo Rong was succeeded by his seven-year-old son upon his death. Soon thereafter Zhao Kuangyin usurped the throne and declared himself emperor of the Great Song Dynasty, a dynasty that would eventually reunite China, bringing all of the southern states into its control as well as the Northern Han by 979. This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.

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