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175-154 BC - Western Han dynasty. Scarce provincial issue Ban Liang with "rain lines" right, Prince Liu Pi of Wu, cast 175-154 BC, Ancient China

175-154 BC - Western Han dynasty. Scarce provincial issue Ban Liang with "rain lines" right, Prince Liu Pi of Wu, cast 175-154 BC, Ancient China

Two large Chinese characters Ban Liang ("Half an ounce"), rain-lines right / Weak imprint of "Ban Liang" in incuse. 23mm, 2.29 grams. Hartill #-; Gratzer/Fishman #13.88

These peculiar and unique coins have the so-called “rain” marks – diagonal dashes running from the upper left to the lower right or from the upper right to the lower left. Other coins have the so-called “nets” on them, formed when “right-running” and “left-running” rains combine to form a fine “net” of intersecting lines. These coins are Junguowangzhuqian 郡國王鑄錢 - provincial vassal issues, usually associated with Prince Liu Pi of Wu. Liu Pi was a nephew of Emperor Gaozu, the founder of the Han Dynasty and a cousin of the Han Emperor Wen Di. He probably cast the bulk of the privately cast coins from 175 to 154 BC, until he rebelled against the Emperor and was killed in 154 BC.

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