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 Posted 09/26/2020  10:48 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add kh351999 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello! I couldn't find anything online for this coin when looking up details, also cant read the lettering. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time!

Here are some pictures of the coin, it weighs 18 grams and has a reeded edge.

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 Posted 09/27/2020  10:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numister to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The front with the female deity reads "Kuan Shi Yin", more info here:

The other side reads "Xi You Ji", translates to Journey to the West.

Probably a fantasy tourist trinket of some sort.
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 Posted 09/27/2020  7:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In the markets and tourist traps in China, they sell "fantasy dollars" like this. Some have designs loosely based on Empire or Republic coin types; others are pure fantasy. They often come in "sets" eg. sets of the 12 Qing Emperors, or other famous figures of Chinese history.

"Journey to the West" is a classic Ming-dynasty-era Chinese novel. For Westerners, anyone familiar with the 1978-1980 BBC's English-language translation of the Japanese TV serial "Monkey" will be roughly familiar with the story. This fantasy dollar is presumably part of a set depicting some of the characters from the novel.
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