China/Burma/Laos/Thailand, Token


China/Burma/Laos/Thailand, Token (obverse) China/Burma/Laos/Thailand, Token (reverse)

In the border area between China, Burma, Laos and Thailand, a net of gambling halls emerged in the 18th century. As play money the gamblers used porcelain tokens of various values. The tokens we know more than athousand different types were all hand-crafted and hand-lettered. Because of acute shortage of small change, they were also used as currency on local markets and in opium houses.


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