Rare "chicken eye" Wu Zhu w/bar above hole, 1st century BC, Western Han, China

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Two Chinese characters Wu Zhu (=5 zhus), bar above hole outside rim / Inside and outside rims. 13mm, 0.61 grams. Issued ca.73-33 BC. Hartill #10.29 var (without the bar over the hole); Gratzer/Fishman "One Thousand Years of Wu Zhu Coinage" #14.4. SKU Q428-30336

These tiny coins are commonly called "chicken eye wu zhu" (Ji Mu Wu Zhu). These are thought to have been issued during the reigns of Emperor Xuan Di (73-49 BC) and Emperor Yuan Di (48-33 BC), as they are commonly found in graves dating to this period. This piece is exceptionally nice, with complete and sharp legends - these coins are rare in such nice condition!

The Han Dynasty (206 BCE-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 BCE9 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". This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.

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This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.