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MikeM

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I found this very old looking Chinese coin but I looked in my 1901-present world coin book and it's not in there! So then I looked around the web and found an old Chinese coin called a Chein-lung that has the same front but a different back. Maybe I have found a similar coin or a fake coin? Not sure why a 250 year old coin would be at the park so it is probably fake for decorative purpose? See picture let me know what you think!

Can you ID this coin?

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I had a coin like this before, it had red tassles attached to it. It was used for prayer I thought, sort of like a rosary.
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http://primaltrek.com/buddhist.html

This site should help you identify.

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It can be very nerve-racking trying to date the coin as there are many variables in the Kanji. Not impossible though.

I found my second one just a couple days ago in a park. I was a bit less excited for the second knowing the probable explanation of why it was there.

In the 1940's, the Chinese used the coins to adorn sewing baskets and the like which many Americans bought and brought back home with them. The baskets get trashed and the coins either get pulled off and later lost or they just get thrown out or buried with the basket. The first one I found I believe was buried with the basket because there was much trash in the area. The second one I think was probably lost by a child in the park. Both guesses. They did however both date to 1736-1786 so they are still pretty cool to find.


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