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Home > Catalog > |Asian Coins| > |China| > CH89207
China, Xin Dynasty, Wang Mang's Interregnum, 7 - 23 A.D.
Wang Mang made multiple attempts at currency reform, almost entirely unsuccessful. The Huo Quan, a 5 shu coin, was introduced in his 5th reform in 14 A.D. Bing (cake or biscuit) is a Chinese term used to describe to any exceptionally heavy, thick and poorly finished varieties of "normal" coins. It is particularly appropriate for early Hou Quan types, among the thickest and heaviest of the circulating round coins of ancient China. Bing coins are sometimes described as a discus or pancake types. This is a medium-sized Bing, not quite as big as the earliest pieces, but about 3 times heavier than the common later Huo Quans. In 40 A.D. the coinage of Wang Mang was withdrawn, and the wu-shu resurrected. This medium "cake" type is very scarce or rare. Wang_Mang
CH89207. Brass 5 zhu, Bing (cake) thick Huo Quan (money coin); Gratzer-Fishman C5.2 (scarce - rare); Hartill 9.60 (rare), VF, dark blue-green patina, light encrustations, bump on reverse, casting rim around edge (as usual for the type), weight 12.926g, maximum diameter 27.4mm, c. 14 - 23 A.D.; obverse Huo Quan, interrupted vertical stroke of Quan, inner and outer rims; reverse plain, undated, inner and outer rims; very scarce or rare; SOLD

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