Twelve Metal Colossi
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12 Jin Ren (Chinese:十二金人) were twelve huge bronze Colossi made by the order of Shihuangdi, the first Emperor of China. During the Qin's wars of unification, Shihaungdi defeated the six major states of China: the Han, the Zhao, the Yan, the Wei, the Chu and the Qi. After the wars, he collected the weapons of the conquered states and had them cast into statues.
Dong Zhuo, in his efforts to finance a personal castle in Mei County near Chang'an, melted bells and bronze statues, among which were nine of the Colossi, and recast them into coins. This influx of bronze coins flooded the market and caused a serious inflation, rendering the currency useless.
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