It is a little over an inch diameter, thicker and heavier than any coin would be. The lettering almost seems random....or maybe the middle word is a name?

Can someone help me identify this coin?

Coin 1 Coin 2

Initial speculation is that it is either Masonic or Kabbalistic....

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    Where did you find it? (That may help someone identify it.)
    – Double AA
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 21:48
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    I'll second what @DoubleAA said; moreover, do you have any reason to think it's related to Jewish life or learning? Otherwise, it wouldn't seem to be on-topic here. That said, welcome to the site! I hope you stick around and enjoy it. Please consider registering your account, which will give you access to more of the site's features.
    – msh210
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 21:56
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    @msh210, Would it make sense to simply reformulate to "Is this a Jewish coin? It's got Hebrew on it. If so, what is it? ..."
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 22:11
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    @Aaron, I'd suggest trying a numismatic identification forum. If it turns out that the coin is Jewish in origin, maybe you can emend your question with some basic information and ask for answers providing Judaic context. If you initially want people here to tell you what the letters are, you might want to upload a better quality photo; not all of the letters in the second photo (obverse side?) are clear.
    – Fred
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 22:39
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    I'm Jewish so I know the letters just don't recognize the phrasing/words with no spacing. I'll try that forum, thanks!
    – Aaron
    Commented May 9, 2012 at 22:51

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Receiving no answer here, this asker then asked the same question on another forum. Answers there link to older discussions on the same site, from which the following excerpts are informative:

…it isn't a coin, it's an occultic/spiritualist/kabbalistic healing charm. The design of the star-side is taken from the "Keys of Solomon", a mediaeval Kabbalistic (Jewish-derived esoteric teachings) text. See here for an English version of the text, with a translation of what the inscriptions are supposed to read.
The particular lettering around the star is a mystic/occult magic symbol derived from Kabbalistic traditions, called the "second pentacle of Mars".
The reason even Hebrew scholars are having trouble reading the inscriptions on these objects is that the design is a copy of a copy of a copy; errors have crept into the transcriptions and it no longer says what the original pentacle says.

I can in no way vouch for the accuracy of these statements (or of the linked-to text) or for the claim that this has anything to do with kabala. Possibly relevant are Wikipedia on "Key of Solomon" and "מפתח שלמה" at HebrewBooks.org.

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