Thursday, September 8, 2011

What is this?

Thank you to everyone who suggested ways for me to display my buttons.  One of the ideas I got last week about what to do with my button collection came from Cindy.  She separated hers by color and stores them in jars, for now that's what I plan to do.  I'm not doing the whole collection at once, just starting with the shoebox that I dumped out on the dining room table for last Thursday's blog.   I sorted those buttons in the evenings as I watched TV.  It took a few nights to go through and as I got to the last of the buttons I found this:

It was much dirtier than this - I couldn't even tell if the center hole was round or square.
(I cleaned it a bit because in the first pictures you couldn't see any markings.)

I decided to wash it because I couldn't tell what it was.  I even used a little silver polish on it.  It took a bit of scrubbing before I could finally see markings.

Texas Quarter and ?

I love the saying "Sight is an ability, seeing is an art."  I can see this, but what am I looking at? 

And the flip side...

Now I'm curious.  What is it?  How do I go about finding out what it is?  Thinking of it as a coin will be my starting place, but I've never researched coins before.  Any tips on how to find out what I've got or does anyone know what this is?

Thanks,

cJoy

It's Thursday, so I'm taking my 'whatever it is' over to Vintage Thingie Thursday with Colorado Lady. Just use her button to join us.


12 comments:

Madison said...

It's an old Chinese coin.

If you search google image "Chinese coin" you'll see loads.

Madison xxx

Mom Walds Place said...

They are great for making jewelry with. Lucky you!

Coloradolady said...

Well, I was going to guess a concho of some kind, but I see it is a chinese coin. How neat is that to find in a button box? I have found lots of neat things when I buy a box of buttons at sales! Happy VTT!
PS I love old buttons too!!

GardenofDaisies said...

Fun buttons! And what interesting things we find in the jars of buttons!

LV said...

It probably is a token or button of some kind from Lord only knows where. I am sure Google can help you.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Joy,

thanks for visitng my blog. My house is 85 yrs old. Now, I want to look in all the nooks and crannies for more treasures.

Debbie

Mary said...

I like your Texas quarter! I got to live there for a few months when i was a little girl....down in Webster. What a great state, eh?

Rebecca said...

Thats what I mean by finding a cool treasure inside those buttons-how fun!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I don't know anything about coins, but I love the motto. That's a real keeper!
Patti

catmint said...

just looking and being curious makes life so interesting. i have no idea what it is and look forward to the answer. If it is an old Chinese coin as Madison says, I wonder how old it is?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a neat old coin! I guess I would just start google..ing everything I could think of! I love having buttons in jars, too! Great idea! ♥♥

cityfarmer said...

thanks for playing along AND posting this ...

I NEVER wil giveaways ... you'd think one of these days for all of us.!