Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), shallow outside rim - broken "Wu" with a line through it / Blank. 24.5mm, 2.02 grams. BM Chinese coins (Poole) #398-403var.; Hartill 10.2var; Schjoth 178var.
Interesting unlisted type with a strange asymetric "Zhu", wide characters and broken "Wu".
Eastern Han coins come with a variety of marks applied to mold and transferred (in incuse) to the coin during casting. The meaning of these marks is not known, but hundreds of types are known.
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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