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The Unknown Chinese Cash Statue

I post below is an email received from MR. Fox of U.S.A. on Thu, 13 Apr 2000.
The email is self-explanatory. It is unlucky that I cannot contact Mr. Fox again after I have received his email.


I recently purchased a small statue made of coins.
The previous owner thought that the coins were possibly from South East Asia.
Could you give me any information on these coins?
I found your web site with a coin that looks similar, but I'm not sure.. here is the link
Unknown Hsuan T'ung T'ung Pao
I don't actually have the statue in my possession at this moment,
but when I get it I will send a better picture of the coin and statue
if you are interested. If you had any information about the statue
it would also be greatly appreciated.

I have seen a few different kinds of the Chinese charm before, such as the coin sword, coin tree, coin cake and coin lantern, but I have never seen a coin statue like this one. It appeares with an antique look. I know nothing about this cash statue. I judge it with the inscriptions on the reverse of the enlarged cash images. I find that the Manchu script "Pao" looks like the Hsuan T'ung T'ung Pao cash. But it is hard to tell without being able to view the coin in person. It is strange that I cannot find any coin showing the obverse from the close-up coin images. The picture is not so clear. The style of the statue completely doesn't like the Chinese one. When I judge it with the hat, and also the colour of the strings (It should be red.) using for the statue, I find that this item probably is an Anamanese charm or Chinese charm of aboriginal tribesman in Yunnan Province.
If you know anything or If you want to share your knowledge and enthusism in this hobby, feel free to drop me a line. Thank you in advance. YKL

Additional Information

From Mr.Vladimir Belyaev of Chinese Coinage Web Site
on 17 April, 2000.

I see that you placed new page at your web site
The Unknown Chinese Cash Statue
I believe that such figures are from Indonesia and were made
from Chinese cash coins, probably by local Chinese communities.

Please compare with my page 'Cash' Woman



Thanks indeed! YKL

Marks of Rareness of the Collected Currencies
Extremely Rare A ~ Very Rare B ~ Rare C ~ Not So Many D ~ Common E

I post below is an email received from MR. B.B. on Thu, 13 December 2008.
The email is self-explanatory.


I recently saw your web page that shows a picture of an "Unknown Chinese Cash Statue". I was wondering if you have found any additional information about this statue as I have a similar statue of two figures made out of similar "cash coins". See attached picture.

I would be very interested to hear if you have any new or additional information this type of "coin statue". I received my example from my grandmother who had traveled extensively throughout Asia.

Thank you


Picture by courtesy of Mr. B.B.

Recent Additional Information

During the reseach in the recent years, I found that the Chinese ships loaded with silk, tea and porcelain started from Chuanchau of Fukien Province or the zone of Leizhou Peninsula of Kwangtung Province of China to India and Middle East in ancient time. Chinese ships navigated along the coasts of Pacific Ocean and India Ocean. Chinese cash coins were also brought as gift to the South East Asia districts via Sea Silk Road voyage at the same time.

Chinese coins were circulated in Bali of Indonesia in about 7th centuries. The Balinese believed that all metals have mystical power to human beings, so that the Balinese used cash coins as offerings on some special occasions such as their weddings, birthdays, burials and cremations. Cash coins were also used as decorations for their temples or shrines.

Gradually, cash coins were chosen as raw materials in handicraft of Bali. The Balinese coin statue makers used cash coins to make the coin statues. These statues were including Sri and Saraswati Godesses, Buddha statue and other Balinese figures. Now, coin statue making is a very popular handicraft in Bali of Indonesia and the coin statues become a type of souvenirs for the tourists in Bali.


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