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Coin sword constructed from a central iron rod with a number of cast brass coins threaded onto it to form the hilt. The sword guard and blade are made up of rows of coins threaded through with alternating yellow and red string. Floral ornament made from coins with individual coins suspended from it , tied to sword with dark green ribbon. The purpose of a coin sword is to drive away evil spirits. The coin swords were believed to be most powerful when all coins had the same inscription. Most coins used in this sword are from the reign of the Qianlong emperor (1736-95), who ruled for a full sixty year cycle according to the Chinese calendar, which is a very auspicious number.

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coin sword

1 item (description level: whole)
Broad category
Additional names, titles, or classifications
object name (unclassified):  protective charm
object name:  coin sword

China, East Asia, Asia
Additional place information
made or collected:  China 
Date made
18th century
Additional date information
18th century 

Materials & techniques
iron; metal; plant material
Additional material & technique information
material: plant material (cord used for binding)
material: iron (overall)
material: metal (overall)
broken part: 118 mm x 23 mm x 12 mm; overall: .85 kg; overall: 632 mm x 94 mm x 24 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: .85 kg
broken part: 118 mm x 23 mm x 12 mm
overall: 632 mm x 94 mm x 24 mm

A coin-sword is often found hanging on the wall or above the bed to drive away evil spirits.

Related subjects
theme: Health and Healing
object name: coin swords
material: iron
material: metal
material: plant material
object name (unclassified): protective charms

Record created 2000-12-08 by USPITTLER
Record last updated 2013-08-22 by ADOVE