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    Posted 12 years ago

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    Found at an estate sale, these chinese coin objects caught my eye! What are they?
    I asked what they were made of, the gal thought soapstone, a gem/mineral show guy thought serpentine or molded glass, and a pawn shop person felt they're 'quartz' gaming chips? I secretly was hoping for jade personally!
    Whatever the material, they vary in translucency and coloration, the symbols are worn a bit, and originally there was a fair amount of yellowish brown inky like substance on them, almost like tobacco stains...maybe these are like old 'dies or stamps' of sorts?
    I was able to find actual coins of similar imagery stating the following periods for the symbols (re: 2nd two photos):
    Top Left: Emporer Mu T'sung, T'ung-Chih Tung Pao, 1862-1874, Boo Su/Kiangsu Provincial mint
    Top right: Emporer Shih T'sung, Yung-cheng, AD 1723-1735, Boo Je/ Chekiang mint
    Bottom: Emporer Shih Tsu, Shun Chih, Ad 1644-1661, Boo Ciowan/board of Revenue mint (4th series)
    Each 'coin' is about 2 1/4" in diameter, 3/8" thick.
    I collect vintage buttons as a hobby and will use these as added decor for a display I'm sure...haven't found anything like them online - probably just tourist trinkets, but felt they were cool enough to 'show and tell' -enjoy!

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    1. EmmaPeel, 8 years ago
      I have one of these. I bought it new, on eBay. It is a larger reproduction of an old Chinese coin, carved out of jade. Mine is pale yellow. They do dye jade, and it is an accepted practice' it's not considered "cheating". But I don't believe these are dyed. They have a colored substance applied to them (I scrubbed mine off-just a matter of personal taste) to make them look a deeper color and old. They are new, or relatively so. They are a lucky charm, you might say. They may be used in the practice of Feng Shui to attract money to your home. I hope they do!

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