Rare Da Bu Huang Qian spade of Wang Mang (9-23 AD), Xin, China (G/F 3.98)

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Four characters Da Bu Huang Qian ("Large spade, weight one thousand"), line continues above the hole // Inner and outer rims. 54mm long, 12.34 grams. Hartill 9.29 var (without the line above the hole); Gratzer/Fishman "The Numismatic Legacy of Wang Mang" #C3.98.

From river salvage. Still, lovely full characters, rare spade. This type was the largest of the "ten spades" of Wang Mang, a part of his disastrous monetary reform of 10-13 AD.

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.

This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.


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