Size 33.9 x 28.6, weight 13.7 g
Middle vertical inscription: Wu Shi Wen ('Fifty Cents')|
Left and rigth vertical inscriptions: each should have 4 characters, they may be in Chinese or Japanese Kan Ji, but can't be recognized.
Middle vertical inscription: Ba ('eight') ? (can't be
recognized) Tong Yuong (such two words mean 'circulation')
Right vertical inscription: Jiang ('River') Shang ('Mountain) Hai ('Sea') Chuan ('Brook')
Left vertical inscription: not readable.
Upper description and below message were received from Stephen Tai (03-Feb-98):
The feature is similar to Chinese sycee in Sung Dynasty, but Chinese seems had never cast such kind of copper coin. The gesture of the scripts is much more like Japanese style, they had taken such feature to cast their money before. I assume with my intuition, it could be a Japanese token.
Message from Luke Roberts (11-Jan-02):