Rare Junguo Wu Zhu cash, w/half star, 118-113 BCE, West. Han, China G/F#1.21

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Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu (=5 zhus), half-star) BELOW the hole / Blank, inside and outside rims. 25mm, 3.03 grams. Hartill #8.1; Gratzer/Fishman "One Thousand Years of Wu Zhu Coinage" #1.21. SKU DD272-45544

The first of the Wu Zhus were cast in 118 BC by the order of the Han Emperor Wu Di (141-86 BC). Because the empire did not have any government foundries to cast coins, the casting was delegated to the Commanderies (“Jun”) and Principalities (“Guo”) - that is, the small private foundries in the provinces. Thus, these earliest Wu Zhu coins are known as “Junguo Zhuqian”.

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 BC-9 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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