Thematic coin collection focuses
on one topic. For example, Wu-chu experts collect and study only Wu-chu coins and they are able
to tell the periods and places of mintage, and many things about
Wu-chu coins although the coins look the same.
Collecting coins from a particular dynasty is also very challenging.
The coinage of the Qing Dynasty is a good example. There
are ten Emperors in Qing Dynasty (after the Manchurian entered China) who have their own reign
titles. And there are many mints (as many as 25+ mints during the reign of Xian Feng Emperor)
from all over China producing cash with
different mintmarks on the reverse side of the cash. It is very fun and challenging to
collect all the cash with different mintmarks from the ten Emperors of Qing.
The chinese charms have a wide range
of pictures on them that make them a good thematic collectible.
Horse charm in particular is a very popular theme as it is a zodiac animal in the Chinese