Unlisted Junguo Wu Zhu, bar above, 118-113 BC, W. Han, China (G/F#1.6v)

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Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu, outside rim, inside rim only above the hole / Blank, inside and outside rims, short lines radiating from the corners of the inner rim on the reverse. 25mm, 2.82 grams. Hartill #-; Gratzer/Fishman #B1.6 var.

Unlisted variety, with short lines radiating from the corners of the inner rim on the reverse. Not listed in Hartill or Gratzer/Fishman.

Earliest of the Wu Zhu issues - 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 coins are known as "Junguo Wu Zhus".

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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