Yongan cash of Emperor Xiao Zhuang Di (528-530 AD), Northern Wei dynasty, China

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Four Chinese characters Yong An Wu Zhu ("Yong An period 5 zhu"), no inside rim, wide outside rim / Nail mark, inside and outside rim. 22.5mm, 1.44 grams. Hartill 13.23; Schjoth 239; Gratzer/Fishman #B8.60. SKU Q203-48427

The Northern Wei Dynasty, also known as the Tuoba Wei, Later Wei, or Yuan Wei, was a dynasty which ruled China from 386 to 534. It has been described as "part of an era of political turbulence and intense social and cultural change". It is perhaps most noted for the unification of northern China in 439, but was also a period when foreign ideas were introduced, and Buddhism became firmly established. Towards the end of the dynasty there was significant internal dissidence resulting in a split into Eastern Wei Dynasty and Western Wei Dynasty. Neither Eastern Wei nor Western Wei was long-lived. In 534, Gao Huan's son Gao Yang forced Emperor Xiaojing of Eastern Wei to yield the throne to him, ending Eastern Wei and establishing the Northern Qi. Similarly, in 536, Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu forced Emperor Gong of Western Wei to yield the throne to Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue, ending the Western Wei and establishing the Northern Zhou, finally extinguishing Northern Wei's imperial rule.

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