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CHINESE COIN SWORD
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18th or EARLY 19th CENTURY CHINESE COIN SWORD #8362

A late 18th or early 19th century Chinese coin sword. approx 130 coins tied to a central iron rod. #8362lo

Coin-swords were a form of talisman used in southern China to ward off evil influences, especially those causing fever. They were made by tying together 'cash' (the pidgin term for Chinese coins with a square hole in the middle) on to an iron rod.

The purpose of a coin sword is to drive away evil. The swords were considered most effective when the coins all had the same inscription. The best coins for a coin sword were believed to be those of the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722) .

£250.00

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