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Offline Benja52k

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Hello everyone.

I was metal detecting on an ancient mountain path that belonged to a trade route in Taiwan this week.

I found this coin there.

From my internet research I believe it might be a "Tai Ping Tong Bao"  of the "Annam Cash" version Vietnam?

Top character is 太, bottom 平, left can not read right I think 通?

Back has two dots or stars above the square hole a bit left from the center. 

If anyone can help identify, I would appreciate it!

Here are the pictures:


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Re: Please help identify....Found this coin on ancient trade route Taiwan
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2016, 02:06:35 AM »
The inscription reads: T'ai P'ing T'ung Pao (pinyin Tai Ping Tong Bao). Coins with this inscription were first made during the Chinese Sung dynasty around 980 AD. They were made again by the Taiping rebels in the 1850's (also in China). Such coins were also made in Vietnam in the 19th century. This coin with the two dots on the reverse was most likely made in Vietnam in the 19th century or in Japan around 1600.