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World Earliest Known Coin Lydia, Turkey

The earliest known coins were minted in the 7th Century B.C. in Lydia, Turkey. It is believed that the idea of minting coins spread from West Turkey to Europe and the Mediterranean and into Asia as far as India. It seems that the West copied the coins invented in Lydia but used their own versions […]

Chinese Zodiac Coins and The Stories/legend of the origins of the Twelve Chinese Zodiac Animals

BELOW ARTICLE IS PERTAINING TO THE CHINESE ZODIAC SIGNS, EACH ZODIAC IS DEPICTED BY A COIN. NOTE THAT THIS COIN IS NOT A SILVER COIN BUT A MIXTURE OF METAL COMPOSITION. THESE COINS IF EXPOSED TOO LONG IN THE AIR OR ALBUM CAN RUST! [ bought from a street vendor, I like it so much […]

Siamese/Thailand Gambling Token

The above are gambling token popularized during the Bangkok Dynasty (1782-1809). Most of these tokens were made from porcelain or ceramic. They were originally used by Chinese gambling houses in Bangkok. Due to the shortage of silver coins and diminishing use of the cowrie shell( also used as coin), these gambling tokens were found to […]

Gold Koban(10 Ryo) of the Tokugawa Shogunate

This is quite an interesting piece of gold coin from ancient Japan issued under the Tokugawa Shogunate government. It is unique because the denomination and mint mark are inscribed in ink! During the reign,copper,gold and silver coins are issued. The gold coins were oval or rectangular slabs; the silver coins were bars or round lumps […]

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