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Some of these more specialized types of charms, all with loop or eyelets and meant to be worn as opposed to carried. For example, fish charms were worn by children and adults to help protect and inspire them as they faced various life crises. Lock charms were worn by children for protection as well as to promote good luck, wealth, rank and longevity. Peach charms were also worn to promote longevity as were gourd charms. Spade charms were meant to imitate an ancient form of shovel money

This is another charm concerned with success in the imperial examinations. It shown a woman carrying a cassia (cinnamon) branch.The reference is to an ancient story dating back to the dawn of Chinese history and the reign of the "sage-king" Emperor Yao (尧) (2358-2258 BC).

Peach charm reverse sideThis is the reverse side of the charm.The two Chinese characters are again written in a very stylized seal script. The characters are read right to left as fu gui (富贵) meaning "wealth and rank".The charm is 45 mm in length and 35 mm in width.The weight is 17.7 grams.

Old Chinese charm with four characters written in seal script。The legend is read top to bottom and right to left as ji qing ru yi (吉庆如意). The first character is ji (吉) which means "lucky", "happy" or "auspicious". The second character is qing (庆) which means "good luck" or "congratulate". The last two characters are ruyi (如意) which means "according to your wishes". The entire inscription can be roughly translated in English to mean "may your happiness be according to your wishes".

China was one of the first countries in the world to use metal coinage and its ancient coin history can be traced back well over two thousand years. In addition to official coinage, China also has a long history of producing "coin-like" charms, amulets and talismans.

Reverse side of Chinese charm with inscription offering a cassia (cinnamon) branch as congratulations for passing the imperial (Hanlin) examination

This is the obverse side of the charm. The inscription is zheng de tong bao (正德通宝).This is a popular legend for charms because zheng de has the auspicious meaning of "correct virtue" in Chinese which is an appropriate wish for a newlywed couple.Additional details concerning this charm can be found at Chinese Charms with Coin Inscriptions.The charm has a diameter of 45 mm and weighs 14.5 grams. The reverse side of the charm has a very detailed dragon and phoenix symbolizing the marriage…