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Hartill 13.30 N. ZHOU WU-HSING TA-PU Great currency of five elements, 50 cash Value

ANCIENT CHINA

NORTHERN ZHOU DYNASTY

WU-HSING TA-PU" (Great currency of the five elements) Value 50 cash

(AD 575 - 576)



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Reference: Hartill 13.30

Weight: 5.7 grams; Size: 27.4 mm; Bronze

Obv: Wu Hang Da Bu 五行大布

( The Large Coin of the Five Elements [metal, wood, water, fire, and earth]).


 

issued in 574 by Emperor Wu. Intended to be worth ten Bu Quans, Illegal coining soon produced specimens of a reduced weight, and the authorities banned the use of this coin in 576. This inscription is frequently found on amulets.

In AD 574 the Wu-hsing Ta-pu were introduced at 1 equal to 10 of the earlier Pu ch'uan, probably making it equal to 50 shu. With an average weight of about 3.7 grams these were fiduciary coins and in order to force people to accept them, the Pu ch'uan (and presumably all Wu shu) were withdrawn in AD 576. Fiduciary coins usually lead to massive counterfeiting and, as lightweight examples of these are sometimes often encountered, it seems this issue was no exception to this.

 

NORTHERN ZHOU DYNASTY
AD 557-581

The Northern Zhou dynasty was established in AD 557 by the son (whose name we do not yet know) of a general who helped overthrow the Wei dynasty, and then overthrew the Western Wei which he had ruled through puppet emperors. In AD 581 Northern Zhou was renamed as the Sui Dynasty following an internal coup which shifted power between two members of the ruling family. It is interesting that in AD 618 the Sui were in turn overthrown by Li Yuan, a surviving aristocrat of the Western Wei.

 

 

 

 

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