Brass coin shape item

Vladimir Belyaev
October 04, 1998
Diameter: 30.5 mm
Thickness: 4.5 mm

Image received from Jim Farr (03-Nov-98).
This item have Chinese cash coin shape with square hole.
Peculiarities of cast and metal points to the XIXth or early XXth Century date of issue of this item.

Purpose of issue is unknown.

Message from Gilbert Tan (07-Nov-98):
Looks like a late Ming Dynasty coin issued by a private entity. Could be for gambling or some other purpose. Possibly Emperor Chung Zhen's time (1628-1644 a.d.) or thereabouts.

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