200-180 BC – Western Han dynasty.
Han Dynasty: Yu Jia (“elm-seed”) ban-liang, after Emperor Gao Zu (206-195 BC), Empire of China.
Scarcer type. (Hartill 7.10)
Coins issued between 200 and 180 BC were very small, thin and crude and popularly known as “elm-seeds” because of their small size.
The Han Dynasty (206 BC -220 AD) was the second imperial dynasty of China, preceded by the Qin Dynasty (221 -206 BC) and succeeded by the Three Kingdoms (220-265 AD).
It was founded by the peasant rebel leader Liu Bang, known posthumously as Emperor Gao Zu of Han.
Spanning over four centuries, the period of the Han Dynasty is considered a golden age in Chinese history. To this day, China’s majority ethnic group refers to itself as the “Han people”.