Huge ban liang of the famous Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (221-210 BC), Qin, China

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Two very large Chinese characters Ban Liang ("Half an ounce"), no rims or other marks / Blank, no rims. 32mm, 7.44 grams. BM Chinese coins (Poole) #(1632); Schjoth 79ff; Hartill #7.7. SKU Q468-49768

A chinese ounce (liang) weighs about 16 grams. The earliest "Ban Liangs" weighed around 5 to 20 grams, with the weight flactuating over this wide range. Emperor Shi Huangdi introduced monetary reforms, fixing the weight around 8 grams - The "History of Han" says: "When Qin united the world, it made ...[the currency] of bronze, which was similar to the coins of Zhou but bore an inscription Ban Liang ('Half Ounce") and was equal in weight to its inscription." These Qin dynasty coins are large, impressive, rare and very popular. Qin Shi Huangdi (259 BC 210 BC), personal name Ying Zheng, was king of the Chinese State of Qin from 246 BC to 221 BC during the Warring States Period. He became the first emperor of a unified China in 221 BC. He ruled until his death in 210 BC at the age of 50. 

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