"Chicken eye" Jimu Wu Zhu w/bar above hole, 73-33 BC, W. Han, China - G/F 14.6

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73-33 BC - Western Han dynasty. Rare "chicken eye" Ji Mu Wu Zhu with a bar above hole, Emperor Xuan Di (73-49 BC) and Yuan Di (48-33 BC), Empire of China - G/F 14.6

Two Chinese characters Wu Zhu (=5 zhus), bar above hole outside rim / Inside and outside rims. 13mm, 0.49 grams. Issued ca.73-33 BC. Hartill #10.29 var (without the half-star below hole); Gratzer/Fishman "One Thousand Years of Wu Zhu Coinage" #14.6

These tiny coins are commonly called "chicken eye wu zhu" (Ji Mu Wu Zhu). These are thought to have been issued during the reigns of Emperor Xuan Di (73-49 BC) and Emperor Yuan Di (48-33 BC), as they are commonly found in graves dating to this period. This piece is exceptionally nice, with complete and sharp legends - these coins are rare in such nice condition!

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 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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