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In 118BC Emperor Yuan-shou withdrew the Pan-Liang coin and introduced a new coin, called the Wu Ch'u (Wu Shu or Wu Chu) It had a value of 5 Shu.
Unlike the earlier Pan Liang coins it had a raised rim to prevent filing.
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The legend on the coin, K'ai Yuan Tung Pao translates as "precious currency of the K'ai Yuan era".
The Tang Dynasty was a brilliant period in Chinese history. The K'ai Yuan coin continued to be issued for the next 300 years, until the collapse of the Dynasty in 907AD.
The Dynasty conquered northern Vietnam and made a disastrous attempt to conquer Korea.
Large numbers of conscripts were needed for the construction projects and to fight wars, leading to a shortage of agricultural workers.
The heavy taxation and compulsory labor duties needed for the ambitious wars and construction projects led to widespread revolts and the dynasty was overthrown in 618AD.