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Anyone familiar with Japanese (or apparently Chinese) characters?
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 02, 2022 11:55AM
I found this what I would call a "clipped coin" in my husband's stuff.
It looks sort of like a Japanese version of the old Spanish pieces of eight, where a round silver coin could be cut into eight smaller pieces. This one doesn't look like it was set up in a regular manner, like the pieces of eight, but it has obviously been clipped at some point.
I tried a Google image search and got nothing similar.
I was wondering if anyone at least had a clue what the two characters stamped onto it mean.
The back is plain and rough, no marks.
It is silver. I was able to clean it up enough, with toothpaste, to get the characters to show up better.
I am just curious when it might be from.
I think the characters are Japanese, but maybe I am wrong.



Edit: Omb says they are Chinese, so I changed the title





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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/02/2022 02:03PM by rgG.
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Re: Anyone familiar with Japanese characters?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 02, 2022 12:50PM
It is Mandarin Chinese

the two symbols in the middle are Fu Zia which translates as "Take It"
the ones above it to the slight right is Shui Niu which translates to "Buffalo" (literally cattle water)
Bottom left is Ma Fu which could be interpreted as "Groom"
Top left - I can only make out one symbol which is Zuo meaning "Do"

beyond that, I can't make out the other symbols and have no idea what it means.

You could possibly take it to a Chinese Restaurant or Grocery, if they are Mandarin they may be better at it.



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Re: Anyone familiar with Japanese characters?
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 02, 2022 02:01PM
Thanks. I first thought it was Chinese, then I looked again and thought it was Japanese.
I thought all the symbols were the same two, lol





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Re: Anyone familiar with Japanese (or apparently Chinese) characters?
Posted by: Drew
Date: April 02, 2022 05:42PM
Those characters are also used in Japanese, as Japan imported Chinese characters for their own written language, but often changed meaning and combinations of characters. I'm not sure if there is a meaning in Japanese, but will check and try to get back.
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Re: Anyone familiar with Japanese (or apparently Chinese) characters?
Posted by: btfc
Date: April 02, 2022 06:21PM
You can find photos of both Chinese and Japanese silver ingots that look similar to that online. What does the other side look like?
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Re: Anyone familiar with Japanese (or apparently Chinese) characters?
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 02, 2022 08:28PM
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btfc
You can find photos of both Chinese and Japanese silver ingots that look similar to that online. What does the other side look like?

The back is rough with no markings.
It looks like it was roughly a round shape, before it was clipped.





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Re: Anyone familiar with Japanese (or apparently Chinese) characters?
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 02, 2022 08:29PM
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Drew
Those characters are also used in Japanese, as Japan imported Chinese characters for their own written language, but often changed meaning and combinations of characters. I'm not sure if there is a meaning in Japanese, but will check and try to get back.

Thanks.
If you have any idea what type of coin it was or when it might be from, that would be great to know.





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