Hartill 9.14 Xiao Quan Value One Small Coin 1 Cash Wang Mang 9-14AD Xin Dynasty
Wang Mang Xin Dynasty Xiao Qian Zhi Yi, 9-14 AD
Xiao Quan Zhi Yi (Chinese: 小泉直一; literally: "Small Coin, Value One"
Reference: Hartill 9.1
Weight: 1.59 grams; Size: 16 mm
The Six Coins. AD 9-14.
Wang Mang was a nephew of the Dowager Empress Wang, In AD 9, he usurped the throne, and founded the Xin Dynasty. He introduced a number of currency reforms which met with varying degrees of success. The first reform, in AD 7, retained the Wu Zhu coin, but reintroduced two versions of the knife money.
Between AD 9 and 10 he introduced an impossibly complex system involving tortoise shell, cowries, gold, silver, six round copper coins, and a reintroduction of the spade money in ten denominations.