Coin or masonic or what? Sepia Saturday

I’m afraid I found no inspiration in my boxes of photos for this week’s meme, so have gone totally random (you’ll not be surprised to hear that one again – me? random? OK, yes).

My Dad was an avid coin collector (and vintage tractor collector, and stamp collector) but my sister recently found this item in a tin of Dad’s bits and bobs, and we haven’t the faintest idea what it is.  Dad ploughed up all sorts of stuff and had a metal detector in the early 80’s when they became affordable, but he would have showed off any “treasure” (horseshoes, beer bottle tops, 20th Century coins) but none of us remember this item.  It’s made of metal, and is not Masonic-related as far as Scottish Masonic experts know – could it be a coin of some sort?  We reckon it’s not Zodiac-related either as there aren’t 12 sides.  It looks like a special edition Jammy Dodger (a biscuit) without the jam in the middle.

Mystery symbol coin metal

Please hazard a guess on the hieroglyphics and post a comment – there will be a tempting wee prize for the best guess of a hand-made Scottish tea towel, not the latest 4×4 Chrysler, but it’s the taking part that counts, or so we were told.  And we are, after all, Scottish.  All input will be much appreciated, so guess away to your heart’s content.

Can’t wait to see what comes of this, because I haven’t the faintest idea what it might be, but there might be someone out there who knows, and we’re terribly excited to see if someone in internetland can identify it  :-)

Jo :-)

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13 Responses to Coin or masonic or what? Sepia Saturday

  1. Tracie says:

    Very interesting ~ I’m going to guess that it is a Chinese Coin :)
    Couldn’t zoom in on the image to make out the markings. I can’t wait
    to see what the other’s guess.

  2. Ben Hall says:

    Looks like and early Chinese coin. Can you post a larger image?

  3. jinksy says:

    It looks like a Chinese token used for gaming purposes to me – my Dad had a couple of disks made of mother-or-pearl , each beautifully inscribed on one side, and that’s what he told me they were.

  4. Little Nell says:

    I have no idea but I love the thought of it being akin to a Jammy Dodger!

  5. postcardy says:

    I looked up Chinese tokens and coins. There are similarities, but the scalloped edge seems unusual.

  6. I think it it a button. Try looking through eBay collectibles.

  7. Christine says:

    I also couldn’t enlarge it to get a close look, but it does look a bit like a biscuit…a real tooth breaker though.

  8. There are old Chinese coins that look similar, and coins from Malta have similar scalloped edges. But that’s about as far as I could get, which is not very far at all.

  9. Nancy says:

    It is disappointing that it doesn’t enlarge very much to get a closer look. I don’t have a guess, Jo, but I hope someone who reads this post can help.

  10. Bob Scotney says:

    An intriguing find. Even using Zoom in from the View menu several times I was still unable to get an idea of what it was.

  11. Alan Burnett says:

    It is obviously a Scottish coin of some kind : the hole in the middle is so that you can thread a piece of string through it and then pull it back after it has been handed over (if it was a Yorkshire coin, the hole would be bigger so that a more solid chain could be attached)

  12. Howard says:

    Curious, some kind of costume jewellery perhaps? part of a bangle?

  13. Dr.FTSE says:

    Google “Images” gives lots of responses to “Coins with holes in them” and some of these images show hieoglyphs, some of which look similar to yours here. Other commentators have said it’s rather a pity that you picture isn’t bigger.

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