CHINA lot of modern cast amulets fantasies and fakes

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CHINA, lot of modern cast amulets, fantasies, fakes, no date (late 20th century I think), They are 24-31mm diameter mostly, one is larger (“Yuan Dynasty temple coin”), and some Wang Mang spades. There is a wide variety of types. Apparently these are all from the same workshop. mostly dark gray-brown-black patina, some with bits of dirt, 225 pieces, F-VF

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Chinese coin-like good luck pieces, except modern struck ones, which are with exonumia. Money itself has always been considered good luck, and the belief that objects can have spiritual power aligned with their purpose has always been popular. Amulets are known from as early as the Han Dynasty, and, considering the auspicious associations of fish, perhaps back to the Zhou period.

The oldest Chinese coins are at least as old as the earliest Greek coins. The Chinese coinage system differed from other systems in two ways. It was monometallic, only bronze coins circulated in general commerce. Gold and silver were treated as commodities. And the manufacturing method was by casting in moulds rather than by striking heated solid planchets. The main reference I use in attributing and describing these coins is the book: Chinese Cast Coins, by David Hartill.