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Offline gardav01

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coin #2
« on: August 24, 2014, 08:55:27 PM »
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Offline TomG

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Re: coin #2 ... a feng shui fantasy tael
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 04:18:46 PM »
Hello,

The posted modern token is a feng shui composite of multiple asian cultures.  The obverse and reverse faces resemble a fantasy Kwangtung double dragon tael
http://coinquest.com/cgi-bin/cq/coins?main_coin=19524&main_ss_id=360099&main_ww_id=270

A South Korean Yin-Yang and surrounging trigrams replace the Manchurian classical "So" pattern.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_South_Korea

Instead of chasing a flaming pearl, the dragons chase each other.  Asian mythology presents chasing dragons in a benign fashion. But chasing the dragon could also be a less innocent reference to inhaling narcotics fumes and vapors.

The obverse calligraphy would take some more time to interpret but there is reference to center and peace.

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Re: coin #2
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2015, 09:11:27 PM »
Why does the dragon chase the flaming pearl?  I see that often, what does it mean?.......

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Re: coin #2
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2015, 01:27:41 PM »
Why does the dragon chase the flaming pearl?  I see that often, what does it mean?.......
Hello,

It is a symbolic metaphor for authority and good fortune, the dragon, seeking wisdom and enlightenment, a luminescent pearl.

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Re: coin #2
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2016, 03:04:21 AM »
This is an imitation of the China Haikuan tael made in the 1860's. Nothing to do with Kwangtung. The yin-yang symbol, though adopted in modern times by South Korea, was used in China more than 2000 years ago.