The toads have three feet with a coin in its mouth which can spin, two strings of coins running down its back, and the big dipper constellation on its back. The Jin Chan carries a lot of symbolism with it and has some interesting legends. It is believed that having one in your property will bring you luck, wealth, and prosperity.
In the toad’s mouth is a coin which spins. In Chinese the word “Zhuan” which means spin, or go around, sounds the same as the Chinese word for earn. So the spinning coin means that money will keep coming round and round. Traditionally in China, coins came on strings and many items were counted by strings of cash, so the two strings on the Jin Chan’s back symbolize having lot of wealth.
Positioning of the Toad
Most toads have a coin in their mouths, but occasionally you can find one that does not. The way the toads are positioned in the home depends on this coin. If the toad has a coin in its mouth, it should not face the door because it means that the money will be going out the door, so the toad should be placed facing you to keep the money coming in. If the toad does not have a coin in its mouth, the toad should face the door because it means that the toad will suck money in. It is considered bad to sit with a coin less toad facing you because it means it will take all your money.