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Large medal with men playing Xiangqi... I'm guessing the writing is Chinese  
 

 
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 Posted 03/19/2017  9:09 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add GABatGH to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This medal is 45mm, and 3mm thick. I don't know what it's made of, some sort of brass composite. It sounds odd for a brass medal of this size.

I hope I don't have the reverse upside down...




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 Posted 03/20/2017  01:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lembafc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The front of the coin says "Qi xian". "Qi" means chess and "xian" is something along the lines of wizard/gods, so the two fellas playing chess on the obverse of the coin may be gods or something like that.

The reverse is a poem written by Zhu Xi, who was a philosopher during the Song Dynasty and lived in China from ~1130-1200. The poem is found here: http://poetrynook.com/poem/%E6%B8%B...F%E5%B1%B1-3

I am finding it very hard to find a correct translation of the poem, but at least you will be heading in the right direction. This is pretty cool, but likely just some kind of charm.
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 Posted 03/20/2017  08:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GABatGH to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lembafc, that was awesome.

I have contacted the people at the people at these websites, asking if they knew anything about it
http://ancientchess.com
https://www.clubxiangqi.com
http://www.xqinenglish.com
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 Posted 03/20/2017  9:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add RogerRamjet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Except that the game board appears to be Go rather than Chess (note that the pieces are all the same and placed at intersections of lines). My guess is that it's a Go enthusiast medal of some sort that implies that Go is the Chess of gods/wizards.
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 Posted 03/20/2017  10:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GABatGH to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely NOT a Go board. Go does not have an empty middle section.

It's not chess that is played in US or Europe. It's chess played in China called xiangqi. In China, they just called it chess. In other parts of the world it might be called Chinese Chess.
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 Posted 03/21/2017  12:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lembafc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is definitely a cool medal. Where did you get it from?
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 Posted 03/21/2017  07:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GABatGH to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My late father-in-law was what's called an advanced antique collector. This was his.
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 Posted 03/22/2017  01:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add RogerRamjet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
GABatGH, Thanks for setting me straight about Xiangqi. I learn something new every day.
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