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Scarce bronze Wu Zhu cash, Eastern Jin dynasty (317-420 AD), China (G/F #B7.1)

Scarce bronze Wu Zhu cash, Eastern Jin dynasty (317-420 AD), China (G/F #B7.1)

Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), no inside rim, shallow outside rim / Blank, inner and outer rims. 20mm, 1.39 grams. Hartill -; Gratzer/Fishman "One Thousand Years of Wu Zhu Coinage" #B7.1.

The Western Jin (266–316) was established as a successor state to Cao Wei after Sima Yan usurped the throne, and had its capital at Luoyang and later Chang'an (modern Xi'an); Western Jin reunited China in 280, but fairly shortly thereafter fell into a succession crisis, civil war, and suffered from the invasions instigated by the "Five Barbarians (Wu Hu)." The rebels and invaders began to establish new self-proclaimed states along the Yellow River valley in 304, inaugurating the "Sixteen Kingdoms" era. The remnants of the Jin court fled to the south-east, reestablishing their government at Jiankang within present-day Nanjing, Jiangsu, founding what was later to be known as the "Eastern Jin" dynasty. Sima Rui, the prince of Langya, was enthroned in 318, posthumously becoming known as Emperor Yuan (the "First Emperor of the Eastern Jin"). 

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