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Horse coins

Horse in Armour Horse Coins

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Horse coins (ma qian 马钱) originated in China during the Song Dynasty (宋朝 960 – 1279).  They were not used as money, however, but as game pieces. There are a great variety of horse coins.  Some display only a horse while others show both a horse and rider. Some horse coins have inscriptions which identify [...]


“Battle of Jimo” Horse Coin

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Most ancient Chinese horse coins display only a horse with no rider. Horse coins displaying a horse with a rider are much scarcer and those originating from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) are particularly rare. The specimen at the left is a later version of one of these Song Dynasty horse coins with a rider. [...]