Scarce Shen Lang (œLord Shen�) Wu Zhu cash, Eastern Jin, c.317-420 AD, China

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Wu Zhu (without the œJin� component), narrow outer rim / No rims. 17.5mm, 0.81 grams. Hartill #10.13 var (different type); Gratzer/Fishman #B7.7. SKU T755-47362

These coins were local issues cast by Shen Chong, more commonly known as Shen Lang (œLord Shen�) during the rebellion of the warlord Wang Dun. Both died in 324 and the casting of these coins is traditionally dated to AD 322-324, when the Jin government was in a dire financial state because of Wang Dun™s rebellion. They are easily identified in most cases because the œWu Zhu� is written in a simplified way, omitting all or most of the component œJin� on the left.

Attributed to Shen Chong of the House of Wu; cast after the foundation of the Eastern Jin Dynasty in 317. Also known as the Shen Chong Wu Zhu. An old ballad contains the lines œElm seeds countless press in sheets, Lord Shen™s green cash line town streets.� Apparently this means that Lord Shen™s cash were small and light.

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