Scarce Ban-liang cash w/"rain lines", huge chars. , 175-119 BC, China (G/F13.76)

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Two normal-sized Chinese characters Ban Liang ("Half an ounce"), large characters (lower part of liang is like a sideways E), outer rim / So-called "Rain lines" falling right, no rims. 25mm, 2.58 grams. BM Chinese coins (Poole) #256ff; Hartill #7.29 var.; Gratzer/Fishman #13.76. SKU DD382-47354

The "Rain lines" on these scarce ban liangs were made during the broduction process (filing the reverse of the coin to smoothen it?). This type is not to be confused with the 雨半兩 Yu (rain) Ban Liangs of the Western Han Prince Liu Bi.

A Chinese ounce (liang) weighs about 16 grams. The earliest "Ban Liangs" weighed half that much - 8 grams, but the later pieces, like this one, weighed much less. This coin is from the last issue of Ban Liangs. 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 BCE-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".

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