Hartill 11.1 Emperor Shu Han Liu Bei Three Kingdoms Zhi Bai Value 100 Wu Zhu 214 AD
Reference: Hartill 11.1
Emperor of Shu Han, Liu Bei, the Three Kingdoms
"Zhi Bai Wu Zhu" (Value One Hundred Wu Zhu) Struck in 214 AD
Weight: 4 grams; Size: 27.7 mm; Bronze
Coins of the Three Kingdoms
The several centuries from the end of the Han (220 AD) to the unification of China under the Sui Dynasty (581 AD) was a period of recurring civil wars and social upheaval. At the beginning of this period were the Three Kingdoms consisting of the State of Wei (220-265 AD), the State of Shu (221-263 AD) and the State of Wu (222-280 AD).
The coin has the inscription zhi bai wu zhu (直百五铢) and was issued in 214 AD by Liu Bei. Even though the coin is approximately the same size and weight of the wu zhu (五铢) coins of the Han Dynasty, the inscription translates as "Value One Hundred Wu Zhu" coins.