Diameter 25.1 mm, red copper, cast.
Only bottom character is Chinese. Other seems to be Japanese characters.
7-Apr-97 John Liang:
Looking at the image, I can say it is not Chinese. Those characters are
not like any script I have seen. The only thing that comes close is the
Tai Li Kingdom (nowadays Yunnan) coinage. One of its issues looks a bit
Tai Li was a small kingdom that existed in the times of Tang to early
Yuan, when it was conquered by the Mongols. Their coins are still open
to debate. Many believe they were made, and there were rubbings on
Ding's book and other Chinese reference. Dr.Burger believed that it
did not exist. I think they existed, but there is no way to research on
8-Apr-97 Tan Kuan Yang Gilbert:
It seems to be repeated sideways, an occurrence which is often seen in
fantasies. But it could also be a charm made for superstitious purposes.
Moreover, only fantasies and amulets have circular holes apart
from the early Warring States round holed coins.
I believe this coin was made for fun as the patination in the obverse field
is highly suspect too.
It is not Chinese Charm.
I found your coin in a book "Zhong Guo Hua Qian" by Yu Liu Liang etc.
(ISBN 7-5325-1220-7), page 498, coin No. 2180.
It is a Japanese charm.