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Hi David

Many thanks for these images...a lot clearer and a greater range to view. I'll certainly compare them later when I am at home again and relaxing. I'll try and find some Chinese script lists to download and compare also.

Yeah, I might take a step back from these being 'toll dics/tokens' for merchants in a city but not too far back. Let's not forget the two discs with fire-sticks: the one having wanderers, and the other having campers. Those are the bigger ones and make me think of titles of teams.

Besides making me think of an abacus, I might go a little further and say this is an old board game kind of like Mahjong. The holes were for putting the discs on sticks on the board, hence their well-worn appearance and feel to the touch.

The sticks made sure the pieces could accumulate upwards in how the game was played, much like a card game of trumps where certain discs could over-power lesser discs, all depending on what the features were. I guess the obverse with certain signs made them a little more powerful than ones without the signs, even though they had the same main images.

I state this because of what you call "Three miscellaneous pieces": one-eyed guys are not our usual fare.

Maybe the larger discs were accumulated above the heads of the sides playing until 3 or more showed which side actually wins.

Hmm...what do you think?

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Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 1990 drdavidanderson 15-Feb-18 18:35
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 360 Wheeler 15-Feb-18 23:49
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 365 drdavidanderson 16-Feb-18 08:35
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 351 Andrew_W 16-Feb-18 20:18
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 369 drdavidanderson 17-Feb-18 20:52
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 369 Wheeler 17-Feb-18 12:01
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 391 drew 18-Feb-18 00:46
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 367 drdavidanderson 18-Feb-18 05:16
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 369 drew 18-Feb-18 21:29
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 400 drdavidanderson 19-Feb-18 17:29
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 349 drew 20-Feb-18 01:54
lol 385 drew 20-Feb-18 02:13
Re: lol 333 drdavidanderson 20-Feb-18 15:42
Re: lol 354 drew 20-Feb-18 23:38
Re: lol 380 Wheeler 21-Feb-18 01:30
Re: Chunkey 350 drew 21-Feb-18 06:21
Re: Chunkey 345 drdavidanderson 21-Feb-18 09:23
Re: Chunkey 377 Wheeler 21-Feb-18 12:19
Re: Chunkey 340 drdavidanderson 21-Feb-18 14:09
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 391 drew 20-Feb-18 02:30
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 348 drew 21-Feb-18 23:50
history of mahjong... 365 drew 22-Feb-18 00:31
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 363 drdavidanderson 22-Feb-18 05:38
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 366 Wheeler 22-Feb-18 11:16
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 390 drew 22-Feb-18 23:45
ps 354 drew 23-Feb-18 00:03
Re: Possible Hongshan currency - pseudoturquoise discs 643 drdavidanderson 23-Feb-18 08:01


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