Discussion in 'World Coins' started by whithill, Jan 6, 2013.
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I have been known to throw ancient roman coins in national historical sites, lol.
I need to follow you around.
One day, not long from now, the History Channel will run a special about the Romans in the New World because of you and they'll base their evidence on the presence of these coins at historical sites and unusual interpretations of Roman mythology. (Makes me think about runic graffiti found at a Indian site they did an episode on...don't get me started!!!!)
Also, if you feel like dispersing any Roman coins my way...
It happens all of the time. Heck, they legitimately found ancient Roman coins in US harbors and a few dimwitted historians tried to postulate how the Romans sailed here. The truth was that when ships in Europe take on ballast, sometimes there would be roman coins in the ballast material. Remember that a lot of the ancient coastline is now underwater, (and a lot is now miles inland). Shorelines change all of the time.
The OP's coin COULD have been dropped by a chinese laborer, or its just as likely dropped more recently. These cash coins were cast by the tens of billions, and all were in circulation until after WWII in China and all of SE Asia. If you added up all lincoln cents produced versus cash coins, I am not sure which would be more numerous.
When I see a show on the History Channel about Ancient Romans discovering the New World I'm going to think you caused that.
Great info also.
Curious: How do you all know it's from that era (1700s)? Is there a date on it? Is there a place I could find out what the characters mean?
Calgarycoin.com has a good section on identifying Chinese cash coins. I use Hartill's book on Cast Chinese Coins.
What is interesting to me at least is how the obverse is written in Chinese, but the reverse is written in Manchu. Manchu was the language of the foreign rulers who ruled China in the Ching dynasty. Must have a tremendous affront to the ethnic Chinese to have the foreign rulers names on their coins. It would be like if Quebec conquered the US and made our coins have French on one side of them.
Separate names with a comma.