14-23 AD - Xin dynasty. Bronze Huo Quan cash of Wang Mang (9-23 AD), Empire of China (Hartill #9.46)

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Two large Chinese characters Huo Quan ("sping of goods"), without the protruding stroke on top of Quan, without the rim around the central hole, raised outside rim / Blank. 24mm, 2.71 grams. Hartill #9.46.

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. This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.