Bronze Wu Zhu cash, Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD), China (Hartill #10.2)

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25-220 AD - Eastern Han dynasty. Bronze "5 zhu" ("wu zhu"), Empire of China

Notes: Two large Chinese characters – Wu Zhu ("5 zhu"), shallow outside rim / Two dots below hole, no inside rim, shallow outside rim. 2 6mm, 3 .51 grams. BM Chinese coins (Poole) #398-403; Hartill 10.2; Schjoth 178.

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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