14-23 AD - Xin dynasty. Large bronze Bu Quan ("Spade coin") of Wang Mang (9-23 AD), Empire of China (Hartill 9.70 - two dashes DOWN)

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Two large Chinese characters Bu Quan ("Spade coin"), double rim inside the central hole with two protrusions at the lower corners of the hole, raised outside rim / Blank. 26mm, 3.25 grams. Schjoth 177; Hartill 9.70.

The inscription on this coin - "Spade coin", meant that this piece was equal to one older spade coin. Wang Mang (45 BC - 6 October 23 AD), was a Han Dynasty official who seized the throne from the Liu family and founded the Xin (or Hsin, meaning "new") Dynasty, ruling AD 9-23. The Han dynasty was restored after his overthrow and his rule marks the separation between the Western Han Dynasty (before Xin) and Eastern Han Dynasty (after Xin). Some historians have traditionally viewed Wang as a usurper, while others have portrayed him as a visionary and selfless social reformer. Though a learned Confucian scholar who sought to implement the harmonious society he saw in the classics, his efforts ended in chaos.

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