Nice Kai Yuan, middle issue (ca.718-732 AD), Tang dynasty, China - Hartill 14.4

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Four Chinse characters Kai Yuan Tong Bao ("The Inaugural currency", with the jing component of Kai touches the hole, left-shoulder Yuan) / Blank. 24.5mm, 3.88 grams. Issued in ca.718-732 AD. Schjoth #312ff; Hartill 14.4. SKU T1254-18862

The Tang Dynasty, with its capital at Changan (present-day Xian), the most populous city in the world at the time, is generally regarded as a high point in Chinese civilization - a golden age of cosmopolitan culture. Its territory, acquired through the military campaigns of its early rulers, was greater than that of the Han period, and it rivaled that of the later Yuan Dynasty, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. In 907 the Tang Dynasty was ended when Zhu Wen, now a military governor, deposed the last emperor of Tang, Emperor Ai of Tang, and took the throne for himself (known posthumously as Emperor Taizu of Later Liang). He established the Later Liang Dynasty, which inaugurated the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period. A year later the deposed Emperor Ai was poisoned to death by Zhu Wen.


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