Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), with a characteristic rounded "Zhu", crude character "Shi Yi" ("11") below the hole / Inside rim with protrusions radiating out of each corner, shallow outside rim. 26mm, 3.28 grams. BM Chinese coins (Poole) #398-403var. (without the marks); Hartill 10.2var (see note on page 93); Schjoth 178var (without the marks).
Some Wu Zhus from the Eastern Han dynasty period show a variety of marks, either on obverse or the reverse. The system of placing numerals, various chinese characters or "stars" (small blobs) in different positions on the obverse was probably a way to mark a mint of a particular issue of coins - the system is undecipherable and is not yet understood.
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 (23 CE) of the former regent Wang Mang. This interregnum separates the Han into two periods: the Western Han (206 BC-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".
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