|I always receive e-mails concerning subject beyond my knowledge to reply. I express regret at not being able to help. But I sincerely believe that it must be somebody somewhere who can help. With the permission of the sender, I put the e-mail on this Web page, to see whether anyone who can help on the Web. If you want to share your knowledge and enthusiasm in the topic, feel free to contact the sender directly or send e-mail to me. I have placed below some e-mails which are self-explained.
From: Mr. M Thompson of Albion Park NSW Australia
Subject: It may be some sort of Chinese gaming piece.
Date: August 31 2016 5:25 PM
Some time ago you were able to assist me in identifying a Chinese coin I found on a New South Wales Goldfield.
I have recently unearthed an object from the same general area which I am trying to identify. I am hoping that you might have knowledge of the object in question. I have attached pictures.
It is circular and most likely made of lead, weighs 28.7 grams and is approximately 38mm in diameter x 4mm thick.
It appears to have Chinese writing on one side but this is faint. One theory is that it may be some sort of Chinese gaming piece.
I would be most grateful if you would examine the object and give me your opinion.
Albion Park NSW Australia
I think what Mr. M. Thompson found was a fishing sinker using by someone before. I think there is no any Chinese inscription on the both side of the subject. Anyway, if anyone knows the detail, just send an e-mail to him directly. [Y.K.Leung]
Two Interesting E-mails about Shaolin Temple Formulas
From: Andy Williams
Subject: Chinese Coins
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 1998 04:24:31 -0600
I am not sure you are the one I need to ask this question but if not maybe you will know. I am looking for an old chinese coin dated from mid 1600s to early 1700s. The story of this coin is. I was having an old Martial arts (Shi Lum) formula translated and one of the ingredients I was told was 7 coins crushed up. The story behind the coins I was told was the government gave the herbalists permission to use part of a meteor that fell in China to use in thier herbal formulas. I am wondering do you know or know of anyone who may know if these coins are still around. And if they are, are they reasonable to buy. Any help you could possibly give me on these coins either more hisrtory a picture or anything would be of great help. We are trying to recreate as many of Mew Hings formulas as possible for a MA museum.
First Shi Lum (spelling may be wrong but that was the name for the Shaolin Temple or so I have been taught.) Mew Hing was one of the 5 Monks that escaped the burning of the temple in 1644 (I think that was the year) The other monks were Fung Doe Duk, Bak Mei, Gee Shin Shim Shee, and Ng Mui the last being a female. Ng Mui was responsible for what is now called Wing Chun.
From: Bill Logan of Florida, USA
Subject: Jade Money
Recently I found what I believe to be ancient money. I think it might be
very old. Possibly from the South Pacific Islands. I am not sure.
I think what Mr. Logan found were jade coins of some ancient ornament, if there is no any inscription on the both side of the coin. They may be some parts of the necklace or other wearing ornaments. I am not sure they come from ancient China or South Pacfic islands. Anyway, if anyone knows the detail, just send an e-mail to him directly. [Y.K.Leung]