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Gold Gilt Silver Huo Bu Money spade Buddhism sacrificial charm Xin Dynas


Gold Gilt Silver, Buddhism sacrificial charm coin

Xin Dynasty Huo bu Money spade, 14-23 AD


Weight: 25.8 grams; Size: 57 mm x 23 mm

Material: Gold Gilt Silver

Buddhism sacrificial charm coin

Obv: Huo Bu , which means: Money Spade

Rev: Decorative ornament design,

Buddha sitting for meditation in the center and two Sudhana standing below,


In AD 14, all these tokens were abolished, and replaced by another type of spade coin and new round coins.

  • Huo Bu (Chinese: 貨布; pinyin: huò bù; literally: "Money Spade")

  • Huo Quan (Chinese: 貨泉; pinyin: huòquán; literally: "Wealth/Money Coin")

According to Schjöth, Wang Mang wished to displace the Wu Zhu currency of the Western Han, owing, it is said, to his prejudice to the jin (Chinese: 金; pinyin: jīn; literally: "gold") radical in the character zhu (Chinese: 銖; pinyin: zhū) of this inscription, which was a component part of the character Liu, the family name of the rulers of the House of Han, whose descendant Wang Mang had just dethroned. And so he introduced the Huo Quan currency. One of the reasons, again, that this coin circulated for several years into the succeeding dynasty was, so the chroniclers say, the fact that the character quan (Chinese: 泉; pinyin: quán) in the inscription consisted of the two component parts bai (Chinese: 白; pinyin: bái; literally: "white") and shui (Chinese: 水; pinyin: shuǐ; literally: "water"), which happened to be the name of the village, Bai Shui in Henan, in which the Emperor Guang Wu, who founded the Eastern Han, was born. This circumstance lent a charm to this coin and prolonged its time of circulation. The Huo Quan did indeed continue to be minted after the death of Wang Mang – a mould dated AD 40 is known.



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Gold Gilt Silver Huo Bu Money spade Buddhism sacrificial charm Xin Dynas

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