Dating modern chinese coins
It is very likely that your coin is one of these common types: If the coin has a character that looks like a coiled line or curlique similar to the character at the left then the coin is from the Qing (Ch'ing) Dynasty (1644-1911).
Some coins produced at the end of this dynasty were copper instead of bronze and were stamped by machines instead of cast in molds.
There are hundreds of different types with thousands of varieties.
Of course, those who can read Chinese and are familiar with Chinese coins, or have reference books available, can easily identify a particular coin.
One of the biggest problems a charm collector faces is trying to decipher the Chinese characters in order to identify the charm and to understand its purpose and meaning.
Since the inscription is circular with equal spacing between characters the problem is discovering which Chinese character is the character in either of the inscriptions.
Once the correct sequence of characters has been determined, a comprehensive listing of charm inscriptions with English translation is provided to give you the meaning of the inscription or legend.