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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".


Knife-money. How convenient, a coin that doubles as a pocket knife! Gold, bronze, China, 7, Xin dynasty, under authority of Wang Mang.


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

Spade-money, bronze, China, 10, Xin dynasty, Wang Mang.


4-23 AD - Xin dynasty (Wang Mang Period). Large bronze Huo Bu ("Money Spade" coin). wo large Chinese characters divided with a vertical line Huo Bu ("Money Spade"), single inside and outside rim / Single inside and outside rim, long vertical line. 58mm long, 23mm wide.


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.


"Qi Dao" Handle of the "key" coin, circa 7-23 AD, Wang Mang period of the Han Dynasty, 27.0m.

Bronze coin of the Wang Mang Dinasty, 13th century.


The Xin Dynasty (新朝) literally "New Dynasty") was a Chinese dynasty (although strictly speaking it had only one emperor) which lasted from AD 9 to 23. It followed the Western Han Dynasty and preceded the Eastern Han Dynasty. The sole emperor of the Xin Dynasty, Wang Mang (王莽), was the nephew of Grand Empress Dowager Wang Zhengjun. fter the death of her step-grandson Emperor Ai in 1 BC, Wang Mang rose to power. and finally proclaimed himself emperor.