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 orchid flowers, reverse inscribed in cursive script two poetic lines, one reading Yu cai yi zhi jie dao yuan (欲采一枝嗟道遠) and the other reading Lu han xiang leng dao ru jin (露寒香冷到如今), 45.7x2.4mm, 21.6g. In excellent mint condition, inner rims exquisitely filed characteristic of Sichuan mint, extremely rare and sought after. Note: This piece is the second 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 taken from a poem entitled Painting Orchid by Zheng Banqiao, a painter scholar in the Qing Dynasty.