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 : 26.5 x 27.3 mm wide and 3.35 mm thick (nearly double double the normal thickness of a Huo-Ch'uan).

Weight : 12.62 grams (about 4 times the weight of a normal Huo-Ch'uan).

Grade : VF, with a slightly crusty brown-green patina.  Clear characters and above average for this nromally poorly made heavy type.

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.

Provenance : I bought this specimen from Steve Album, at a coin show in the US. 

Price SKU: vcoin5342
US$ 38.50
  • € 34.12
  • £ 30.65
  • AUD 53.74
  • CHF 38.39
  • CAD 51.50

Rates for: 12/14/18

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