Mobianqian Wu Zhu cash, later Western Han China, 1st c. BC (G/F 1.64)

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Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu (=5 zhus), bar above hole / Blank, 23mm, 1.79 grams. 1st century BC. Gratzer/Fishman "One thousand years of Wu Zhu coinage" #B1.64; Hartill #10.17 (sic). SKU T2202-51646

Coins without the outer rim were commonly called "nu qian" ("female coin"). This general type is pictured in Hartill (#10.17), though the description there is incorrect.

Numerous filed Western Han coins are known. Most are filed from “outside,” with a filed outer rim. Some are filed from the inside as well, with an enlarged or modified hole. All filed coins are flat (unlike the clipped coins). The dating of these coins is uncertain; they were probably produced in bursts during bad economic or inflationary periods throughout the first century BC or slightly later.

The Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 CE) was the second imperial dynasty of China, preceded by the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE) and succeeded by the Three Kingdoms (220-265 CE). It was founded by the peasant rebel leader Liu Bang, known posthumously as Emperor Gaozu of Han. It was briefly interrupted by the Xin Dynasty (9-23 CE) of the former regent Wang Mang. This interregnum separates the Han into two periods: the Western Han (206 BC-9 CE) and Eastern Han (25-220 CE). Spanning over four centuries, the period of the Han Dynasty is considered a golden age in Chinese history. To this day, China's majority ethnic group refers to itself as the "Han people".

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