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Hartill 9.30 Rare ANCIENT CHINA Xin Dynasty Huo bu Money spade, nice patina 14AD

ANCIENT CHINA

Xin Dynasty Huo bu Money spade, Nice green patina 14-23 AD

 



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Reference: Hartill 9.30

Weight: 14.5 grams; Size: 55 mm x 22 mm; Bronze

Type :   Ancient and Medieval Far East
Region :   Hsin Dynasty
City :   Wang Mang
Issuer :   Wang Mang
Date Ruled :   AD 7-23
Metal :   Bronze
Denomination :   inscribed knife worth 500
Struck / Cast :   cast
Date Struck :   AD 14-23
Obverse Legend :   Huo bu
Obverse Description :   Money spade, soft green patina
Reverse Legend :   none
Reverse Description :   Rim and central vertical line
Primary Reference :   H 9.30
Reference2 :   FD 486
Reference3 :   S 148

 

In AD 14, all these tokens were abolished, and replaced by another type of spade coin and new round coins.

  • Huo Bu (Chinese: 貨布; pinyin: huò bù; literally: "Money Spade")

  • Huo Quan (Chinese: 貨泉; pinyin: huòquán; literally: "Wealth/Money Coin")

According to Schjöth, Wang Mang wished to displace the Wu Zhu currency of the Western Han, owing, it is said, to his prejudice to the jin (Chinese: 金; pinyin: jīn; literally: "gold") radical in the character zhu (Chinese: 銖; pinyin: zhū) of this inscription, which was a component part of the character Liu, the family name of the rulers of the House of Han, whose descendant Wang Mang had just dethroned. And so he introduced the Huo Quan currency. One of the reasons, again, that this coin circulated for several years into the succeeding dynasty was, so the chroniclers say, the fact that the character quan (Chinese: 泉; pinyin: quán) in the inscription consisted of the two component parts bai (Chinese: 白; pinyin: bái; literally: "white") and shui (Chinese: 水; pinyin: shuǐ; literally: "water"), which happened to be the name of the village, Bai Shui in Henan, in which the Emperor Guang Wu, who founded the Eastern Han, was born. This circumstance lent a charm to this coin and prolonged its time of circulation. The Huo Quan did indeed continue to be minted after the death of Wang Mang – a mould dated AD 40 is known.

 

 

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Hartill 9.30 Rare ANCIENT CHINA Xin Dynasty Huo bu Money spade, nice patina 14AD

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