Two large Chinese characters Huo Quan ("money coin") / Blank. 21mm, 2.00 grams. Grazter/Fishman #C5.133; Hartill #9.65.
These coins were cast in special molds from the end of Wang Mang's reign to ca.40 AD or so - they were considered auspicious by the early Eastern Han rulers because of their inscription, and thus ended up circulating into the early Eastern Han period.
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.
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