Obverse: Qian Qiu Wan Sui
1 000 Autumns, 10 000 Years [forever]
Shown item is the Liao dynasty iron charm (
Hua Qian = flower coin).
Zhongguo huaqian (Chinese charms). 1992, Shanghai, in Chinese, charm #504. (thanks to George Fisher and Jeffrey Young for this reference)
Message from Jeffrey Mindich (18-May-02):
The Liao Dynasty charm - Qian Qiu Wan Sui
looks questionable. First, there is no record or
previous example of this type of charm being issued in iron. All known
examples, even though the coin is relatively rare, are of bronze. Also, the
style of the characters differs considerably from all of the genuine
specimens I have seen. The characters are usually much more abstract, with
the wan and sui characters looking like a cursive script with which a lot of
liberty was taken. It's hard to try and date the actual coin or its
authenticity in terms of being old or a recent foregery by looking at a
photo on the web, but I really do doubt it is a Liao Qian Qiu Wan Sui charm
in any case.
Any additional information highly appreciated.
Chinese Coinage Web Site