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This section relates to the Ban Liang and Wu Zhu coinage of ancient China.
There is also a section on coins of the Tang Dynasty
 
Reading of Chinese Coins
As the coins on this page have inscriptions on the left and right sides of the coins they are read Right to Left.
 
Inscriptions.
The Ban Liang coins have the words Ban on the right and liang on the left. Ban meaning half and liang meaning ounce.
The Wu Zhu, wu on the right and zhu on the left. Wu meaning Five (5) and Zhu (1 /24th of a Liang).
Tang coins have the Emperors title top and bottom of the coins and the words tong bao right and left. Tong bao loosely translated is The Inaugural Currency. Some coins have inscriptions or markings on the reverse.
 
A brief speal about the coins is at the top of the sections.
 
Further information can be obtained about these coins in David Hartills catalogue Cast Chinese Coins, or email me and i will do my best to answer your questions 
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 I have used the catalogue Cast Chinese Coins by David Hatill to aid in the identification of these coins, i have other references but they are all in Chinese. Any coins identified using the Chinese books will have a page and coin number attributed to them rather than H (Hartill ref.#)

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Ban Liang

The Ban Liang or Pan Lian coins are named from the two characters which mean half a liang. The liang is a Chinese ounce which is equivalent to about 16 grams. The Ban Liang weighed 12 zhu (8 grams). Although the coins got lighter in time, the name remained the same.
These coins are attributed to Qin Shi Huang Di, the first Chinese Emperor, who united China in 221BC. Evidence now shows these coins date back as far as the Warring States as early as 378BC.
These are beautiful coins in their simplicity, but can be a nightmare to identify especially when the coin is worn 
 
 
Coin Type; Western Han Type
Dynasty;Western Han
Inscription;bottom of Liang like M
Hartill Ref.#H7.16
Year of Manufacture;175 to 119 BC
Weight; 3.1 grams, .105oz
Size; 23.3mm by 0.8mm, 0.92in by 0.03in
Coin Ref. & Price; CCC0001  AU$12.00 SOLD
 
Reverse of Ban Liang H7.16 at left
 
 
Ban Liang
This coin is from page 152, plate 4
of the book Zhongguo Guqian Daji
As i cant read Chinese and the book is in Chinese this is the best description i can give
Weight; 2.78gram / 0.98oz
Size; 24.1mm / 0.95in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0138 AU$9.00 SOLD
 Reverse of Ban Liang at left
 
Ban Liang
This coin is from page 152, plate 5
of the book Zhongguo Guqin Daji
As i cant read Chinese and the book is in Chinese this is the best description i can give
Weight; 2.78gram / 0.98oz
Size;23.9mm / 0.94"
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0139 AU$23.00 SOLD
Reverse of Ban Liang at left 
 
Coin Type; Wu Fen
Dynasty; Western Han
Inscription: Ban Liang
Attributes; Bottom of Liang like an M
Hartill Ref; H7.16
Period of Manufacture; 175 to 119BC
Weight;2.82grams / 0.102oz
Size; 23.4mm / 0.92in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0140 AU$8.00 SOLD
 
Reverse of Ban Liang H7.16 at left
Coin Type; Wu Fen
Dynasty; Western Han
Inscription; Ban Liang
Attributes; Bottom of Liang like a sideways E
Hartill Ref; H7.17
Period of Manufacture; 175 to 119BC
Weight; 2.06gram / 0.073oz
Size; 23.3mm / 0.91in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0141 AU$19.00  SOLD
 
Reverse of Ban Liang H7.17 at left
 
 
 

Tang Dynasty

Under the Tang Dynasty, the empire became powerful again. Its regarded as the Golden age for Arts and Literature. Chinas economic and cultural exchanges with the rest of the world blossomed.

Coin Type; Kai Yuans
Obverse; Kai Yuan tong bao
Reverse; Blank
Hartill Ref; H14.12
Charictoristics; Dot below tong 
Period of Manufacture; 732 to 907
Weight; 3.25grams / 0.115oz
Size; 24.6mm / 0.97in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0155 AU$8.00
SOLD
Reverse of Kai Yuans H14.12 at left
Coin Type; Qian Yuans
Emperor; Su Zong
Obverse; Qian Yuan zhong bao
Reverse; Blank
Hartill Ref; H14.114
Schjoth; S353
Fishers Ding; FD700 
Characteristics; Ordinary size 
Period of Manufacture; 759 to 62
Weight; 3.54gram / 0.125oz
Size; 24.3mm / 0.96in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0155a AU$6.00 SOLD
 
 
Reverse of Qian Yuan H14.114 at left
 
 
 
 
 

Wu Zhu

At around 206BC a full monetary system had developed. Taxes and wages were all paid in coin. At this stage an average of 220million coins were produced each year.
The Wu Zhu coins were in use from around 206BC to 25AD during the Western Han Dynasty. They were discontinued through the reign of Wang Mang and re-instated from 25AD by popular demand. The Wu Zhus were issued on and off until the end of the sixth century. Because of this they can be hard to attribute to one period or ruler. 
Wu Zhu coin clumps. This is how i purchase the coins. Its a very slow process to separate the coins without damaging too many.
Wu Zhu coins and coin clumps. After some soaking and soft brushing this is how the coins separate ready to indentify
 
Coin Type; Chi Ze Wu Zhu 
Dynasty; Western Han 
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.7
Period of Manufacture; 115 to 113BC
Weight; 3.23grams / 0.114oz
Size; 25.4mm / 1.0in
Coin is virtually un-cleaned
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0143 AU$15.00 SOLD
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.7 at left
Coin Type; Chi Ze Wu Zhu
Dynasty; Western Han
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.8
Period of Manufacture; 115 to 113BC
Weight; 3.79gram / 0.133oz
Size; 25.3mm / 0.99in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0144 AU$12.50 SOLD
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.8 at left
 
Coin Type; Chi Ze Wu Zhu
Dynasty; Western Han
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.8
Period of Manufacture; 115 to 113BC
Weight; 3.36gram / 0.119oz
Size; 25.9mm / 1.01in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0145 AU$10.00 SOLD 
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.8 at left
 
Coin Type; Chi Ze Wu Zhu
Dynasty; Western Han
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.8
Period of Manufacture; 115 to 113BC
Weight; 3.40gram / 0.120oz
Size; 25.7mm / 1.01in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0146 AU$12.50 SOLD
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.8 at left
 
Coin Type; Chi Ze Wu Zhu
Dynasty; Western Han
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.8
Period of Manufacture; 115 to 113BC
Weight; 3.35gram / 0.118oz
Size; 25.6mm / 1.0in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0147 AU$15.00 SOLD
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.8 at left
 
Coin Type; Other Western Han Wu Zhu
Dynasty; Western Han Dynasty type
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.9
Period of Manufacture; C90BC
Weight; 2.43gram / 0.086oz
Size; 24.5mm / 0.96in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0148 AU$12.00 SOLD
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.9 at left
 
photo of the coin is upside down
Coin Type; Other Western Han Wu Zhu
Dynasty; Western Han Dynasty Type
Typical of the Reign of Xuandi 73 to 49BC
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.11
Period of Manufacture; 73 to 49BC
Weight; 3.67grams / 0.129oz
Size; 25.8mm / 1.01in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0149  AU$14.00 SOLD
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.11 at left
photo of the coin is upside down 
Coin Type; Other Western Han Wu Zhu
Dynasty; Western Han Dynasty Type
Typical of the Reign of Xuandi 73 to 49BC
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.11
Period of Manufacture; 73 to 49BC
Weight; 3.43grams / 0.121oz
Size; 25.4mm / 0.99in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0150  AU$8.00 SOLD
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.11 at left
 
Coin Type; Other Western Han Wu Zhu
Dynasty; Western Han Dynasty Type
Typical of the Reign of Xuandi 73 to 49BC
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.11
Period of Manufacture; 73 to 49BC
Weight; 2.73grams / 0.096oz
Size; 25.6mm / 1.01in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0151  AU$14.00 SOLD
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.11 at left
Coin Type; Other Western Han Wu Zhu
Dynasty; Western Han Dynasty Type
Typical of the Reign of Xuandi 73 to 49BC
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref; H8.11
Period of Manufacture; 73 to 49BC
Weight; 2.90grams / 1.03oz
Size; 25.9mm / 1.01in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0152  AU$14.00 SOLD
 
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu H8.11 at left
 
 
Coin Type; Western Wei Wu Zhu
Dynasty;Previously attributed to Sui Dynasty, these coins have since been attibuted to Hou Yi of the Western Wie.
Emperor; Hou Yi
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartill Ref.#H10.25
Period of Manufacture; 535 to 536
Coin Ref. & Price; CCC0002  AU$15.00 SOLD
Reverse of Wu Zhu H10.25 at left
 
 
Coin Type; Zao Bian Wu Zhu
Inscription; Wu Zhu
Hartil Ref; H10.28
A Wu Zhu whose middle has been cut out to make two coins. This is the inner section
Weight; 0.97gram / 0.034oz
Size; 17.4mm / 0.68in
Coin Ref & Price; CCC0154 AU$18.00 SOLD
 
Reverse of Wu Zhu 10.28 at left
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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