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Old 02-27-10, 06:14 PM   #1
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Anybody speak Chinese/Japanese?

Hey all,

I bought what i think is a Chinese I Ching coin and want to know what the characters mean, but i cant find much on the internet. Is it Chinese or Japanese? Any help would be appreciated,

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Old 02-27-10, 06:17 PM   #2
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That is a Chinese coin, and the pictograms are classic Chinese pictograms rather than Chinese Simplified modern.
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it's chinese.

might help if you turned it counter clockwise by 90 degrees.

the 3'oclock character is 'path
the 6'oclock character is 'wealth'
the 9'oclock character is probably 'intelligence'
the 12'oclock character is probably 'completeness'

some minor differences between Chinese and Japanese characters.
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Old 02-27-10, 06:26 PM   #5
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it's chinese.

might help if you turned it counter clockwise by 90 degrees.

the 3'oclock character is 'path
the 6'oclock character is 'wealth'
the 9'oclock character is probably 'intelligence'
the 12'oclock character is probably 'completeness'

some minor differences between Chinese and Japanese characters.
Thank you, So is this the correct way to look at the characters? Sorry for dark picture.

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yep, that's the correct way.

I'm not sure what the 9 and 12 characters are, but the 9 is definitely money related.
anything with 貝 in it is usually money related.
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i suggest you do not get a chinese word tatooed without having a chinese speaker with you. Imagine getting tagged "*******" on your bum.
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i suggest you do not get a chinese word tatooed without having a chinese speaker with you. Imagine getting tagged "*******" on your bum.
Lol, wasnt planning on it.
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i suggest you do not get a chinese word tatooed without having a chinese speaker with you. Imagine getting tagged "*******" on your bum.
worst thing ever is tattooing a word you think looks/sounds cool in a language you don't understand into yourself. Everybody will frown when they see it.
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there seems to be some sort of trendy thing where chinese words are tattooed. so strange. why not do it in your own language?
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there seems to be some sort of trendy thing where chinese words are tattooed. so strange. why not do it in your own language?
to some people the meaning of the character can have a strong symbolic meaning to the persons life and or spiritual path.
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there seems to be some sort of trendy thing where chinese words are tattooed. so strange. why not do it in your own language?
same mentality as using latin and greek words in the sciences.
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to some people the meaning of the character can have a strong symbolic meaning to the persons life and or spiritual path.

stop smoking that stuff. there may be long term effects we don't yet know about.
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anyway, back to topic. I think you can tell it is a chinese coin because of the square hole. it has something to do with the way they used to stack them and count them.
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alright kids, let the native speaker handle this:

12 & 6 o'clock says Xian-Feng (咸豐, roughly pronounced sian-feng, meaning universal prosperity), which was a dynastic reign title for the emperor Aisin-Gioro I Ju. He was an emperor of the Manchu dynasty. The Manchus were a group of nomadic tribes who invaded China in the 1600's, and controlled China until 1911. Even though the Manchus reigned over China, they are actually ethnically different (and indeed spoke a different language) from the majority Han people of China.

3 & 9 o'clock says 通寳 (tung-bao), meaning standard jewel. This signifies that the coin is a standard monetary instrument, minted during the reign of Emperor Xianfeng, to be accepted as legal tender throughout China.

I'm sorry to inform you that this has nothing to do with the I-Ching, but if you live in the U.S., i suggest you sue the pants off of the seller for misinformation

AEO, most of your definitions are correct, but each Chinese character often have numerous meanings. If you are not a native speaker, I'm actually quite impressed with your knowledge.
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alright kids, let the native speaker handle this:

12 & 6 o'clock says Xian-Feng (咸豐, roughly pronounced sian-feng, meaning universal prosperity), which was a dynastic reign title for the emperor Aisin-Gioro I Ju. He was an emperor of the Manchu dynasty. The Manchus were a group of nomadic tribes who invaded China in the 1600's, and controlled China until 1911. Even though the Manchus reigned over China, they are actually ethnically different (and indeed spoke a different language) from the majority Han people of China.

3 & 9 o'clock says 通寳 (tung-bao), meaning standard jewel. This signifies that the coin is a standard monetary instrument, minted during the reign of Emperor Xianfeng, to be accepted as legal tender throughout China.

I'm sorry to inform you that this has nothing to do with the I-Ching, but if you live in the U.S., i suggest you sue the pants off of the seller for misinformation

AEO, most of your definitions are correct, but each Chinese character often have numerous meanings. If you are not a native speaker, I'm actually quite impressed with your knowledge.
yeah, I was thinking that the characters were supposed to be grouped together, just not sure which ones.
I'm literate in japanese, which is why I can guess chinese characters, but they're not all the same, which makes it hard.
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I have a friend that got this tattooed on his neck.

牲口的妓女

When he went to Beijing for the Olympics recently, he had a lot of trouble with customs. Go figure.



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yeah, I was thinking that the characters were supposed to be grouped together, just not sure which ones.
I'm literate in japanese, which is why I can guess chinese characters, but they're not all the same, which makes it hard.
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I have a friend that got this tattooed on his neck.

牲口的妓女

When he went to Beijing for the Olympics recently, he had a lot of trouble with customs. Go figure.
Fido needed google translate but still...

Fido is amused

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IMHO your coin definitely looks like a cheap modern reproduction. I hope yopu didn't pay much for it, being told it's a really old coin. They're a dime a dozen here in Taiwan.
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Japanese?? Anyone??

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made in (can't read province or city name), Japan

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I have a friend that got this tattooed on his neck.

牲口的妓女

When he went to Beijing for the Olympics recently, he had a lot of trouble with customs. Go figure.
lol...
strike one: tattoo (associated with mafias)
strike two: what it says (f....o)
strike three: going during olympics

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Fido just emailed his feline friends Takashi in Japan and Mei Li in China

They thought it was amusing too but not roll around funny like Fido suggested.

Takashi says he smirked


Mei Li giggled
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alright, it's calligraphy, and that makes it hard to read. looks like it's all in kanji (meaning characters of the Han people, i.e., Mandarin Chinese). as AEO pointed out, the three on the right says great Japanese Empire (大日本). I have no idea what's on the left as it's in some kind of freestyle calligraphy

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When he went to Beijing for the Olympics recently, he had a lot of trouble with customs. Go figure.


was your friend trying to say "son of a female dog" or "harlot of livestocks." Either way, he should get a refund or sue the proprietor of the tattoo parlor. Btw, who else here can speak Mandarin Chinese?

edit: Tom, why is that b-i-t-c-h is a bad word (or w-h-o-r-e) for that matter? I'm pretty sure that George Carlin didn't have them as in the seven dirty words, and the Bard was known for his liberal use of both.

edit 2: just realized Tom does not live in Canada. Umm, how is it that i saw the words Canada somewhere near his name?

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