CHINA, amulet, Obverse: QIAN LONG TONG BAO, Reverse: 4 characters, not in Hartill, I can’t read, brass, 23mm, 4.31g, 20th century cast piece, F/aVG

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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.