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Offline SpaBreda

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Korea 2 Mun, double struck cast coin ??
« on: January 26, 2014, 10:45:20 AM »
I have identified this one as a Korean 2 Mun.
KM# 283 Special army unit (O Yong Ch'ong) ND (1752)

I hope that's correct  ;)

But it looks to be "double struck" ... isn't that strange for a cast coin ?
Or is my reasoning a bit unlogical ?  ???

Paul.

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Re: Korea 2 Mun, double struck cast coin ??
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 12:29:22 PM »
Wow, this is a funny one. No, cast coins cannot be double-struck, or even single struck :) What happened here cannot have happened to the coin, it must have happened to the mould.

Imagine a clay tablet and a shiny, well struck mother coin. The mother coin is pressed into the clay, presumably in two military style neat rows. Casting canals are added to connect the impressions. The worker bee has had too much soju last night, celebrating the arrival of a some new kisaeng.

As a fierce-looking sergeant approaches, the worker bee hastily scans his work and finds that one impression is badly skewed. He applies the mother coin again. The sergeant is held up chewing out our bees' drinking buddy, so he hastily presents his tablet to the guy joining it with another tablet to form the complete mould. That guy is distracted by the sergeant, having fun with the hapless soldier with a hangover, so the error is unnoticed, the coins are cast. Our sinner is absolved ... for this time.

Peter
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Re: Korea 2 Mun, double struck cast coin ??
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2014, 01:04:08 PM »
Great story ...  ;D

Did the sergant discover the mistake after the coins were cast ?
And saved it as proof of the poor soldiers mistake ?

How did it leave his pockets ... was it stolen from him ... did he loose it ?
Who found/stole it ?
Did he/she sell it or just spend it ?

What happened next ?

 ;D

Paul.


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Re: Korea 2 Mun, double struck cast coin ??
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2014, 04:08:33 PM »
The mould was baked and used to cast coins. Out of 30 coins, one was crooked. When the mould was broken, the sergeant noticed the out of whack coin. He tried to find out which soldier was responsible, but the mould had already been discarded. He suspected the wrong soldier. The man he'd caught half asleep the day before, so he broke off your coin from the money tree, passed by the quartermaster's table and slipped it into the little bag containing that soldier's pay.

Come next payday, he watched his suspect carefully, but was disappointed. His victim, soldier Park just sought out his friend, soldier Lee, the real culprit, for another drinking binge. Even sergeants need alcohol if they are put to work as a mint foreman, so the sergeant followed them into the Kisaeng house. When he got bored, the two soldiers were already snoring on the floor. The sergeant paid and left. In the last light of the day, he noticed he had received the bad coin in his change. Mad, he considered keeping it as a lucky coin. It wouldn't be clever. If he were caught with it, questions would be asked. He snorted and threw the coin away. Soldier Lee found it and pocketed the free money, not even noticing at first that it was badly cast.

The following day, sergeant Kim tripped over the boot of soldier Park and fell into an oven. The sergeant became part of the next load of coins. They were said to bring bad luck. Soldier Park got robbed of a half-empty bottle and killed by a party of highwaymen while sleeping alongside the highway. Soldier Lee got promotion after promotion, becoming a famous general, though he never saw action. He married the younger sister of a favourite of the emperor and was famous for liking copper coins, but he never showed his lucky piece to anyone.

Peter
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Re: Korea 2 Mun, double struck cast coin ??
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2014, 04:46:26 PM »
Thanks ...

Was afraid I couldn't sleep, not knowing how the story would end ... hate cliffhangers !  ;D

Paul.