The North and South Dynasties (420-581 AD)
Tai Huo Liu Zhu, Chen Dynasty Emperor Xuan in 579 A.D.
The Large Coin Six Zhu
Reference: Hartill 13.18
Weight: 3.9 grams; Size: 24.8 mm; Bronze
Tai Huo Liu Zhu - The Large Coin Six Zhu
Chen (557-589) Dynasty
Tai Huo Liu Zhu (Chinese: 太貨六銖; pinyin: tài huò liù zhū; literally: "The Large Coin Six Zhu") were issued by Emperor Xuan in 579. At first the coin was equivalent to ten Wu Zhus. Later the value was changed to one, and the contemporary saying “They cried before the Emperor, their arms akimbo” is said to refer to the discontent among the people caused by this. The seal character for liu suggests the “arms akimbo” posture. The coin was withdrawn in 582 when the Emperor died, and Wu Zhus were adopted. The Chen capital was Nanking.