Wu Zhu, Western Han, China, ca 75 BCE

Description (Brief)
One (1) wu zhu coin
Han Dynasty, China, ca 75 BCE
Obverse Image: The coin has a high ridge around its circumference, it is a precise circle with a center square shape cut-out, only one side has a design and that is two Chinese characters placed on either side of the square opening.
Obverse Text: Romanization: WU / ZHU (Translation: five Zhu (or shih/chu)).
Reverse Image: N/A
Reverse Text: N/A
General Information: The coin has a deep patina
date made
ca 75 BCE
place made
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
overall: .15 cm x 2.5 cm; 1/16 in x 31/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Bequest of George B. Glover
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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