November 28, 1998
Obverse: Sang P'yong T'ong Bo|
pink covering in the field
Reverse: Kyun Tang O O
Weight 7.3 g
Korean 5 Mun seed coin, issued by Government Tithe Office in 1883, Mandel number
Robert Tye described coin as officially clipped.
Message from Steve Young (06-Dec-98):
Message from Don Pfeifer (02-Jan-99):
That clip at the top is meant to represent a bat. The Korean word for "bat" (Pok) is a homophone for the word "happiness". If you look in Mandels book on Korean Amulets, you will find several different examples of this. Look at #94.12, #94.13, and #94.14.
The "O O" or Five Five is a reference to Tano Day. It is one of the largest holidays in traditional Korea. It is held on the fifth day of the fifth month. On this day it was traditional to post paper amulets at the gate to your house. These were normally written in red ink. Also a red seal on a piece of paper was believed to ward off evil spirits.
Another custom during Tano Day was to give Fans to friends. It is my own belief that Korean amulets shaped like fans were probably given out on this day, but I have not proof for this. See Mandel amulet book, amulets #39.1 through #39.8 (page 23) and amulet #43.3 (page 25).
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