Huge (23g) cake Huo Quan w/no characters, Wang Mang (9-23 AD), Xin dynasty, China (Hartill #9.60)

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No characters, inside rim, single outside rim / Inside and outside rims. 29.5mm, 22.90 grams. Based on Hartill #9.60; Gratzer/Fishman "The Numismatic Legacy of Wang Mang" #5.40. T627-48996

Many of the bronze and iron cake� Huo Quans of Wang Mang do not show any characters and were crudely cast without any inscriptions. They can be easily recognized by their size/shape/weight. These were probably cast unofficially and circulated alongside normal "cake" Huo Quans, as they are usually found mixed with "normal" official Huo Quan coins.

Wang Mang (45 BC - 6 October 23 AD), was a Han Dynasty official who seized the throne from the Liu family and founded the Xin (or Hsin, meaning "new") Dynasty, ruling AD 9-23. The Han dynasty was restored after his overthrow and his rule marks the separation between the Western Han Dynasty (before Xin) and Eastern Han Dynasty (after Xin). Some historians have traditionally viewed Wang as a usurper, while others have portrayed him as a visionary and selfless social reformer. Though a learned Confucian scholar who sought to implement the harmonious society he saw in the classics, his efforts ended in chaos.

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