I am seeking your assistance in helping me identify and better
understand a few of my old charms, coins and tokens.
Please contact me if
provide information on any of the
This is a very unusual Chinese coin or charm which appears to show a
man and a
in some type of sexual activity.
The charm has no Chinese inscription
and is unlike any of the
marriage charms with which I am familiar.
This may simply be an erotic bedroom scene.
Or, perhaps, the
couple is just involved in some type of harmless activity which is not
obvious to this observer.
The reverse side is smooth with only a small spindle depression in the
The charm has a diameter of 28.5 mm and a weight of 14.7 grams.
This is another unusual and interesting charm.
A horse with long reins is
shown above the square hole.
Below the square hole is a man who appears to be running toward a hut
or house at the left.
This may be a Japanese charm since I am aware of Japanese charms which
depict a monkey dragging a
However, this charm seems to have a different theme.
The other side of the charm appears to have two Chinese
characters with one character above the square hole and the other below.
There is considerable wear on the charm and I am unable to discern what
these two characters are.
The charm has a diameter of 24 mm and a weight of 5.9 grams.
The symbols above the square hole on this charm appear to be a and a ruyi
sceptre Chinese halberd
with its shaft extending downwards into a vase.
There appears to be a writing
brush at the lower left corner of the square hole.
However, I am unable to identify the other symbol or symbols displayed
the square hole.
For reference purposes, this is the obverse side of the charm.
The inscription reads sheng cai ru yi
(生财如意) which means "become wealthy according to
This charm is discussed at Auspicious
The charm has a diameter of 21.3 mm and a weight of 3.6
This Chinese token is displayed at
Tokens and has clearly seen much use. It was probably cast in
Jiangsu Province in the middle to late 1800's.
Because of the wear, I am still trying to decipher the characters.
The character at the top looks like qian
(前) meaning before, front, forward, etc.
The character to the left of the center hole appears to be mao (茂) which means "rich and
I cannot make out the characters to the right and below the center hole.
For your reference purposes, this is the other side of the token.
The inscription reads
bai wen zheng (一佰文正) which means
"one hundred cash coins only".
The token is 27 mm in diameter and weighs 6.7 grams.
This may be a charm or, perhaps, a game piece.
The inscription reads bai xian chang
Bai xian ( 百仙 )
"hundred immortals" or "hundred fairies".
Chang shou ( 长寿 )
"long life" or "longevity".
I am unclear as to the reference to the "hundred immortals" and am
hoping that someone can provide some guidance.
The reverse side of this piece
depicts a deer.
The deer symbolizes "longevity".
The deer also represents success in attaining an official government
position which brings with it honor and wealth.
Another example of a single deer on the reverse side of a charm may be
at " Men Plow, Women
You will also notice that between the legs of the deer is a Chinese
character which, unfortunately, is difficult to identify because of the
wear. The character may be dao
(道) or tong (通) or ???.
I am hoping a visitor can help identify this character.
One last characteristic of this piece is that it has a round hole
instead of a square hole.
The diameter is 27 mm and the weight is 9.5 grams.
The inscription on this old charm reads yu jin deng qing (玉禁澄清).
However, I am having difficulty understanding the hidden meaning
of this inscription.
The reverse side of the charm displays a dragon on the right and a
phoenix on the left.
The charm has a diameter of 34 mm and a weight of 11.8 grams.
Again, I would very much like to hear
from you if you can provide
information on any of the above charms and tokens.
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