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Wedding charm in the form of a silver coin and ingot

1800/1899

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This silver good luck charm is in the shape of a coin resting on a Chinese silver ingot. The inscription on the coin is arranged in four Chinese characters (top-bottom-right-left) around the square hole. It translates as 'long life, good fortune and honour'.Coins instantly convey the idea of money and wealth. With their compact designs and concise inscriptions, they can be seen as portable power. There is a long tradition in East Asia of coin-shaped charms to ensure good fortune, or to drive away evil spirits. Sometimes they were carried about the person; some, such as this wedding charm, were prepared for special occasions.

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  • Title: Wedding charm in the form of a silver coin and ingot
  • Date Created: 1800/1899
  • Physical Dimensions: Weight: 9.90g; Width: 68.00mm; Height: 58.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1983,1017.15
  • Production place: Made in China
  • Material: silver
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Exchanged with Simmons and Simmons

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