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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 15, April 12, 2009, Article 6

JAPANESE AND CHINESE MEDALS WITH SEAL SCRIPT

Joe Boling writes:
Regarding Pete Smith's suggestion of a web site for coin and medal listings, I am reminded of the extreme difficulty I have with Japanese and Chinese medals with legends in seal script - you can't even find a dictionary for that stuff.


Seal Script Medal Clerk Script Medal


Joe kindly provided images. He adds:
The silver medal is in seal script, the bronze one in clerkly script. The first, second, and fourth characters in the right column of each piece are the same characters, but you can see how differently they are written, and how much harder it is to figure out what each stroke represents in the florid seal style.

Similarly, the second and fourth characters in the left columns are the same - and you can see more similarity, but it's still obvious that the calligrapher took great liberties with the seal script characters. They can be a real bear to read (and can be even more elaborate and far from "normal").


Seal Script Medal Clerk Script Medal




Wayne Homren, Editor

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