Hartill 9.25 China Wang Mang, Zhong Bu Liu Bai, Middle Spade 600 Cash 10-14 AD
Interregnum of Wang Mang
XIN DYNASTY Money spade
Zhong Bu Liu Bai (Chinese: 中布六百; literally: "Middle Spade, Six Hundred")
10-14 AD. Nice green patina
Weight: 10.8 grams; Size: 47 mm x 20 mm; Bronze
Zhong Bu Liu Bai (Chinese: 中布六百; pinyin: zhōng bù liùbǎi; literally: "Middle Spade, Six 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 Zhus 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.