China, Hsin Dynasty (Interregnum of Wang Mang) AD 7-23. Huo-Ch'uan biscuit coin. Schjoth-149 variety

Ancient Coins - China, Hsin Dynasty (Interregnum of Wang Mang) AD 7-23. Huo-Ch'uan biscuit coin. Schjoth-149 variety
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In AD 6, Wang Mang was appointed regent to the Western Han child emperor P'ing Ti, then in AD 7 replaced P'ing Ti with Ju Tze but himself as acting Emperor. In AD 9, he declared himself full and sole Emperor, establishing the Hsin Dynasty. He immediately began a series of five coinage reforms that were really an effort to steal the wealth of country. In AD 22 his was overthrown an beheaded, ending his one man dynasty.

Denomination : Bronze Huo-Ch'uan.

Date : The Huo-Ch'uan coinage was struck during his 5th coinage reform introduced in 14 AD and lasting until the end of his reign in AD 23.

Reference : Schjoth-149 variety (Schjoth does not list examples this heavy).

Size : 27.3 mm wide and 4.7 mm thick (more than double the thickness of a normal Huo-Ch'uan.

Weight : 14.0 grams (about 5 times the weight of a normal Huo-Ch'uan).

Grade : XF, slightly crustly green patination with areas of red and brown cuprite.  This coin is a little darker, and must more attractive than the image suggests.

Obverse : "Huo-Ch'uan".

Reverse : blank.

These very heavy Huo-Ch'uan coins are not well understood.  They might be the earliest Huo-Ch'uan coins, but it is possible they were cast at some time after Wang Mang's reign.  Unlike most of Wang Mang coins, they are crudely cast, with totally un-finished rims, with the casting sprew broken off with no finishing of that edge.

Normally the characters on these heavy examples are almost indistinct, but this specimen has clear characters.

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US$ 67.50
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