136-119 BC - W. Han dynasty. Rare bronze "4 zhu" ban-liang with rims and E-liang, after Wu Di (140-87 BC), China - Hartill 7.29. Very rare with the incuse characters on the reverse.

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Two large Chinese characters Ban Liang ("Half an ounce"), small thick characters (lower part of liang is like a sideways "E"), outer rim / Ban-Liang characters on the reverse in incuse (a side-effect of the casting, rare as such), no rims. 24mm, 2.15 grams. BM Chinese coins (Poole) #256ff; Hartill #7.29.

Coins with the outer rim, like this piece, are rare.

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 BC - 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 BCE9 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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