Hartill 15.42 Qian De Yuan Bao, Former Shu Empreor Wang Yan, Five Dynasties Ten

Hartill 15.42 Qian De Yuan Bao, Former Shu Empreor Wang Yan, Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms

The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms
Qian De Yuan Bao, Bronze cash

Issued by Former Shu Empreor Wang Yan,

son of Wang Jian (919-25)

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Reference: Hartill 15.42

Issued by Wang Yan, son of Wang Jian (919-25).
Qian De yuan bao (Chinese: 乾德元寶)

23.5 mm; 2.75 grams; Material: Bronze


The coins of the Wang family were often of a very poor quality. Wang Jian began his career as a village thief; he enlisted as a soldier, rose through the ranks, and by 901 was virtually an independent ruler, with his capital at Chengdu in Sichuan. His regime provided a peaceful haven for artists and poets.


Emperor Wang Yan (Former Shu)

Wang Yan (王衍) (899-926), né Wang Zongyan (王宗衍), courtesy name Huayuan (化源), also known as Houzhu (後主, "later Lord"), later posthumously created the Duke of Shunzheng (順正公) by Later Tang, was the second and final emperor of the Chinese Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period state Former Shu. He was the youngest son of Former Shu's first emperor Wang Jian (Emperor Gaozu), but became his heir because his mother Consort Xu was Wang Jian's favorite concubine and was able to gain the support of the chancellor Zhang Ge.
Wang Yan's reign was traditionally considered one of decadence, corruption, and incompetence. In 925, his state was conquered by its northeastern neighbor Later Tang. Wang Yan surrendered to the Later Tang army, but was later killed byEmperor Zhuangzong of Later Tang.


The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms

After the collapse of the Tang in 907, another period of disunity ensued known as the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. Five officially recognised dynasties ruled consecutively in the north (with capitals at Kaifeng or Luoyang in Henan), while ten different kingdoms held sway at different times in the south. A shortage of copper made it difficult to produce an adequate supply of coins. In 955, an Edict banned the holding of bronze utensils:

“From now on, except for court objects, weapons, official objects and mirrors, and cymbals, bells and chimes in temples and monasteries, all other bronze utensils are banned... Those who hoard more than 5 jin, no matter how much the amount, will be executed. Those who abetted them will be exiled for two years, followed by labour service for one year. Those around them will suffer 100 strokes of the cane. Informers will be rewarded with 30 strings of cash.”

The south enjoyed somewhat better political and economic conditions, and saw an advance in trade. A great variety of coinage, including large and base metal coins, was issued in this area.





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Hartill 15.42 Qian De Yuan Bao, Former Shu Empreor Wang Yan, Five Dynasties Ten



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