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Any Clues? Uniface Medal With Words "Lo Chou" And Pieces Of Chain.

 
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 Posted 01/05/2020  3:54 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Message


It has a diameter of about 30 milimeters and weighs about 7.4 grams.

It is uniface (the other side is flat and blank) and appears to be made of white medal.

It is posted on the off chance that anyone has seen something similar.

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@oriole, looks like there was a colorful and generally NSFW discussion of this token several years ago on reddit (therefore have not included that link). In reading through the chaff, it seems like this design has to do with the Chinese Theory of Numbers, with more info here:

http://zen-et-nous.1fr1.net/t379-lo-chou
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Thanks, @spence. I should have noticed that the chains were really another way of writing a magic square.
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Yes this is the most interesting part of that link:


Quote:
We imagine the Lo-Chou as a man whose center is the number five; he wears the nine on his hat the, three and the seven on his right and on his left, the two and the four on his shoulders, the eight and the six on his legs which rest on the one.
Movements connecting these numbers gave rise to the operations multiplication, division, addition and subtraction.
"If you climb a good tree, you get a push."
-----Ghanaian proverb

"The danger we all now face is distinguishing between what is authentic and what is performed."
-----King Adz

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