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Medal: China Journey to the West with Staff, Shovel, Rake, and Bar
Medal: China Journey to the West with Staff, Shovel, Rake, and Bar

One of China's famous stories dating back to the 1500s (Ming dynasty) is Journey to the West, attributed to Wu Cheng'en. It is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. In English-speaking countries, the work is widely known as Monkey, the title of Arthur Waley's popular abridged translation.

Journey to the West is an extended account of the legendary pilgrimage of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk Xuanzang who traveled to the 'Western Regions', that is, Central Asia and India, to obtain Buddhist sacred texts.

Main characters in the story include Xuanzang (also referred to as Tang Sanzang), Sun Wukong (the Monkey King), Zhu Bajie, and Sha Wujing.

During modern times, enterprising sales people have produced nice-looking medals that commemorate the grand story and the characters in it. These are sold in sets to tourists for a few tens of US dollars. The medals contain no silver and are worth about $2 each. Once in a while you can find them online for sale to collectors.

Thanks to Wikipedia for a comprehensive summary of Journey to the West.

Coin: 21621 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: M-A, Sun, 14-May-2017 17:24:02 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 14-May-2017 17:26:16 GMT
Requester description: coin has standing figure with halo on back is a Buddhist staff, a shovel, a rake, and a stick or bar
Tags: medal china journey west staff shovel rake bar line medallion medals medalion badge medallic medaille medallions taiwan chine chinese chineese ouest western wests oest lined lines lining bars standing stand halo buddhist stick branch stands halos haloed buddha buddah buddhism twigs stalks spray sprig limb twig sprays sprigs branching stalk branches branched sticks god goddess scepter rod circle ring scroll scrollwork gods deus deum dei diety deity godess devm deo dom divine dios rods circled encircle circlet circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed scrolwork scolled scrolls scrolled

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