25-220 AD - Eastern Han dynasty. Superb quality bronze Wu Zhu ("5 zhu") unattributed to any reign, Empire of China (Hartill 10.32) - scarce variety with a "star" above the hole

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Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), with a characteristic rounded "Zhu" and a star above the hole, shallow outside rim / Blank, inside rim, shallow outside rim. 26mm, 3.11 grams. Hartill 10.32.

The origin of this issue is not known. It is listed separately in Hartill.

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".

This coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic.