ca. 50 BC - 50 AD, late Western Han or early Eastern Han dynasty. Copper Wu Zhu cash (=5 Zhus), ,China - (Hartill 8.10 var)

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Two large Chinese characters Wu Zhu (=5 zhus), outside rim, large dot below the hole / Blank, inside and outside rims. 26mm, 2.69 grams. Hartill #8.10 var.

This unknown type, not listed in Hartill, belongs to the late Western Han Period of the very early Eastern Han period.

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".

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