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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Asian Coins| > |China| > CH98340
China, Warring States, Yan State, 300 - 220 B.C.
|China|, |China,| |Warring| |States,| |Yan| |State,| |300| |-| |220| |B.C.|,
The history of Yan began in the Western Zhou in the early first millennium B.C. After the authority of the Zhou king declined in the 8th century B.C., Yan survived and became one of the strongest states in China. Its capital was Ji (now Beijing). During the Warring States period, the court was also moved to another capital at Xiadu at times. Despite the wars, Yan survived through the Warring States period. In 227 B.C., with Qin troops on the border after the collapse of Zhao, Crown Prince Dan sent an assassin to kill the king of Qin, hoping to end the threat. The mission failed. Surprised and enraged by such a bold act, the king of Qin determined to destroy Yan. The Yan army was crushed at the frozen Yi River, Ji fell the following year and King Xi fled to the Liaodong Peninsula. In 222 B.C., Liaodong fell and Yan was totally conquered by Qin. Yan was the third to last state to fall, and with its destruction the fates of the remaining two kingdoms were sealed. In 221 B.C., Qin conquered all of China, ending the Warring States period and founding the Qin dynasty. Yan experienced a brief period of independence after the collapse of the Qin dynasty in 207 B.C., but was eventually absorbed by the victorious Han.Yan State Map
CH98340. Bronze 1 hua, Hartill 6.17, Fisher 382, Schjoth 77, Zhongguo Qianbi DCD 608, aVF, center hole not filed, probably Ji (Beijing) mint, weight 1.298g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 0o, 300 - 220 B.C.; obverse Yi Hua (one hua); reverse plain; $14.00

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