Tian Han Yuan Bao 917 AD Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms Former Shu Emperor Wang Jia

Tian Han Yuan Bao 917 AD Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms Former Shu Emperor Wang Jian

The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms

 
Former Shu Kingdom by Wang Jian.

Reign title: Tian Han, 917 AD

Tian Han Yuan Bao



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Reference: Hartill 15.36

23 mm; 3.4 grams; Material: Bronze

Tian Han yuan bao (Chinese: 天漢元寶 )

 

Former Shu Kingdom

Issued by Wang Jian (907-18).
 

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:

揊rom 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.?/font>

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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