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Monthly Archives: July 2014

HELL MONEY – Chinese funeral coins for underworld

The Chinese have traditionally burnt paper replicas of household objects as part of funeral rites, such as miniature houses. By the end of the 19th century copy paper money (joss paper money) was used instead of representing all the usual household objects.  Due to mistranslation of the Chinese diyu  地狱; (meaning underworld prison) these quintessentially ephemeral numismatic items have […]

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We’ve had several copies of the National Pig Breeders’ Association prize medal pass through our stock over the years but not noticed the artist before; Herbert Maryon, a leading sculptor and teacher in the Arts and Crafts movement. Herbert Maryon was born in London in 1874, studied at the Polytechnic, then at St Martin’s & […]

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