HKD 30000 - 70000
China: Qing Dynasty (1644–1911 CE), coin-shaped charm with square central hole, Sichuan mint production, obverse decorated with a bunch of plum blossom flowers, reverse inscribed in regular script two poetic lines, one reading Er jin wei zhi he geng shi (而今未知和羹事) and the other reading Xian xiang bai hua tou shang kai (先向百花頭上開), 45.7x2.6mm, 23.9g. In excellent condition, inner rims exquisitely filed characteristic of Sichuan mint, extremely rare and sought after. Note: This piece is the first of a set of four charms depicting plants symbolising personal characters desirable of an educated gentleman, including peony, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum. The two lines here are adapted from a poem entitled An Early Peony by Wang Zeng in the Song Dynasty.