Wu Zhu, no rims / Blank, inner rim. 17mm, 0.97 grams. Minted 189-192 AD. Gratzer/Fishman "One Thousand Years of Wu Zhus" #4.351; Hartill type 10.31 var.
These very crude Wu Zhus are traditionally attributed to Dong Zuo - once he usurped the power in 189 AD, he melted huge Qin dynasty statues to make coins like these. They are found along with the Dong Zhou Wu Zhu coins in Henan. It seems these coins were either cast using the reverses of the filed Han dynasty Wu Zhus or were aftercasts or second generation casts, made using Dong Zhuo coins as mother coins.
Dong Zhuo (138 AD - May 22, 192 AD) was a general during the late Eastern Han Dynasty of China. He seized control of the capital city Luoyang in 189 when it was in a state of turmoil following the death of Emperor Ling and a clash between the eunuch faction and some court officials led by General-In-Chief He Jin. Dong Zhuo subsequently deposed Emperor Shao and instated Emperor Xian. Dong Zhuo rose to power in the Imperial Court and ruled the nation with tyranny and cruelty for a brief period of time. The following year, a coalition of regional officials and warlords launched a punitive campaign against Dong, forcing him to move the capital city to Chang'an. Dong Zhuo was assassinated in 192 by his foster son Lü Bu as part of a plot by Interior Minister Wang Yun.
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