Ancient bronze Huo Quan cash, 4-que rev., Wang Mang (9-23 CE), China (H#9.36)

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Two large Chinese characters Huo Quan ("money coin"), with the protruding stroke on top of Quan, single inner rim around the central hole, raised outside rim / Four que reverse (four short lines radiating from the corners of the inner rim). 23mm, 2.85 grams. Hartill #9.36. SKU DD377-47978

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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