Hartill 9.24 CHINA Wang Mang, Cha Bu Wu Bai, Servant Spade 500 Cash, 10-14 AD
Interregnum of Wang Mang
The interregnum of Wang Mang was a very interesting time in Chinese history, but remember the old curse, "May you live in interesting times".
XIN DYNASTY Money spade
Cha Bu Wu Bai (Chinese: 差布五百; literally: "Servant Spade, Five Hundred")
10-14 AD. Nice green patina
Weight: 9 grams; Size: 43.5 mm x 20 mm; Bronze
Cha Bu Wu Bai (Chinese: 差布五百; pinyin: chà bù wǔbǎi; literally: "Servant Spade, Five Hundred")
The Ten Spades. AD 10-14.
According to the History of Han:
The people became bewildered and confused, and these coins did not circulate. They secretly used Wu Zhu coins for their purchases. Wang Mang was very concerned at this and issued the following decree:
“Those who dare to oppose the court system and those who dare to use Wu Zhu surreptitiously to deceive the people and equally the spirits will all be exiled to the Four Frontiers and be at the mercy of devils and demons.”
The result of this was that trade and agriculture languished, and food became scarce. People went about crying in the markets and the highways, the numbers of sufferers being untold. In AD 14, all these tokens were abolished, and replaced by another type of spade coin and new round coins.