18a.   Obverse side of a Bu Quan (布泉 or "Spade coin"), cast from AD 9-14 by Han Dynasty usurper Wang Mang who created the Xin Dynasty (7-23 AD). The coinage was too complex and people did not trust it. 26mm in size; 3+ gram3 in weight. S-175. This coin was known later as the Nan Qian (男錢; "Male Cash"), from the belief that if a woman wore this on her sash, she would give birth to a boy. Eventually, Wang Mang's unsuccessful reforms provoked an uprising, and he was killed by rebels in AD 23.

18a. Obverse side of a Bu Quan (布泉 or "Spade coin"), cast from AD 9-14 by Han Dynasty usurper Wang Mang who created the Xin Dynasty (7-23 AD). The coinage was too complex and people did not trust it. 26mm in size; 3+ gram3 in weight. S-175. This coin was known later as the Nan Qian (男錢; "Male Cash"), from the belief that if a woman wore this on her sash, she would give birth to a boy. Eventually, Wang Mang's unsuccessful reforms provoked an uprising, and he was killed by rebels in AD 23.

Chinese Empire, Xin Dynasty, Wang Mang (9-23 AD), Spade Money Big Pu (Value 1000), after 10 AD. Wang Mang's spade coins had face values from 200 to 1000 copper coins. This piece bears the inscription "one spade worth 1000" – meaning 1000 round copper coins, the so-called wu shu.

Chinese Empire, Xin Dynasty, Wang Mang (9-23 AD), Spade Money Big Pu (Value 1000), after 10 AD. Wang Mang's spade coins had face values from 200 to 1000 copper coins. This piece bears the inscription "one spade worth 1000" – meaning 1000 round copper coins, the so-called wu shu.

18b.  Reverse side of a Bu Quan (布泉 or "Spade coin"), cast from AD 9-14 by Han Dynasty usurper Wang Mang who created the Xin Dynasty (7-23 AD).   The coinage was too complex and people did not trust it.  26mm in size; 3+ gram3 in weight. S-175.   This coin was known later as the Nan Qian (男錢; "Male Cash"), from the belief that if a woman wore this on her sash, she would give birth to a boy.   Eventually, Wang Mang's unsuccessful reforms provoked an uprising, and he was killed by rebels in AD…

18b. Reverse side of a Bu Quan (布泉 or "Spade coin"), cast from AD 9-14 by Han Dynasty usurper Wang Mang who created the Xin Dynasty (7-23 AD). The coinage was too complex and people did not trust it. 26mm in size; 3+ gram3 in weight. S-175. This coin was known later as the Nan Qian (男錢; "Male Cash"), from the belief that if a woman wore this on her sash, she would give birth to a boy. Eventually, Wang Mang's unsuccessful reforms provoked an uprising, and he was killed by rebels in AD…

Considered to be one of the most beautiful coins of ancient China. Cast in the years 7-9 AD during the reign of Wang Mang, Xin Dynasty (7 - 23 AD). This knife money is popularly known as金错刀 or gold inlaid knife. The lower blade portion of the coin has the characters平五千which translates as "worth five thousand".

Considered to be one of the most beautiful coins of ancient China. Cast in the years 7-9 AD during the reign of Wang Mang, Xin Dynasty (7 - 23 AD). This knife money is popularly known as金错刀 or gold inlaid knife. The lower blade portion of the coin has the characters平五千which translates as "worth five thousand".

Han dynasty - A spade-shaped bronze coin issued during Wang Mang's (r. 9–23 AD) reign.

Han dynasty - A spade-shaped bronze coin issued during Wang Mang's (r. 9–23 AD) reign.

The Han Dynasty is divided into three epochs comprised of the Western Han (206 BC - 25 AD), the Wang Mang period (7-23 AD ), and the Eastern Han (24-221 AD).

The Han Dynasty is divided into three epochs comprised of the Western Han (206 BC - 25 AD), the Wang Mang period (7-23 AD ), and the Eastern Han (24-221 AD).

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