Image received from Gerard Haast at 23-June-97
|Obverse:|| Legend of Ch'ing dynasty coin Kuang Hsu T'ung Pao
(1875-1909 a.d.) but
starting from unusual right place round a clock.|
Also character Pao is in unusual form of writing.
|Reverse:||Unknown characters. Digits 10, 5. Unusual placement of characters (under 45 grad.).|
I suppose that it is gambling token.
Information, received 02-Jul-97 from Eric
I think that I've seen a similar item before, but it was not identified. My guess is that you are correct in identifying it as a gambling token - possibly, it is from Shanghai - I only say that because that is the only place that I have seen aluminum tokens come from.
The only other Chinese gambling tokens similar to it that I have seen are from San Francisco, but they are brass and uniface, with three characters at 12:00, 3:00, and 9:00, and the denomination (50, 100, 500, 1000) at 6:00. These tokens are enameled in red, green, yellow, or black.