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Dubious or False Coins VI

During my collecting in the passing 16 years, I have collected many dubious or false coins. Most of them were collected long time ago, but some of them are collected within the recent years. I really don't like being deceived. I think it is nothing to be ashamed of making such kind of mistake, sometimes even the advanced collectors would be deceived.

It seems my own affairs, but it may be your business later. I would like to discuss with you some of the amazing lore surrounding the Chinese coinage forgeries. If you have never collected fake coins, you are really lucky. On the other hand, if you want to share your knowledge and your enthusiasm in the coin collecting, you are welcome to express them in this page. I would like to learn something from you.




The Counterfeit of the China Silver Dollar


Recently more counterfeit China silver dollars were found in the collecting circle. Many collectors complained that they had purchase the fake coins via online auctions. I find that at the first glance of the fakes, they resemble the genuine, but if you judge them carefully, you can easily reveal that they are counterfeit. It is because most of these fakes are reminted with the poor workmanship.

These counterfeit coins were unluckily purchased by Mr.J.E.. He wrote to me two emails in October. The emails are self-explanatory.


Hello,

My name is J.E. I was going through some old coins I had and stumbled upon this odd coin.

I saw on your web site that you collected these, but the coin I had didníŽt seem to match any that you had pictured.

Is there anything you can tell me about it? ItíŽs heavy, but I doníŽt have a scale.

Thanks,

Jon



The Counterfeit Silver Dollars of
Kiangsi Province and Liaoning Province

(Kiangsi, Jiangxi and Kiangsee are the same provice because of the different translation mothods. Liaoning Province is the southernmost province of the Three Eastern provinces was known by a variety of names including Fengtien, Shengching, and Liaonning.)

Although the appearance of these replicas are not bad. They are definately good-looking replicas but I know perfectly that they are not the genuine. Modern struck coinage of Kiangsi Province was introduced in 1901 and it only produced copper coins. The Kiangsi mint closed amidst internal problems in the 1920s. Liaoning Province was known as Fengtien Province during Qing Dynasty, and was changed as Liaoning Province during Republic Period. Fengtien Mint operated from 1897 to 1931.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Mr.J.E., he is so kind as to let me use his images. Thanks indeed! ykl




By courtesy of Mr. J.E.


GENUINE OBVERSE:
Four Chinese and four small Manchu characters (Kuang Hsu Valuable Coin) in inner circle. In upper outer circle, Chinese ( made in Hupeh Province). Right and left small rosettes. In lower outer circle (Equivalent to 7.2 mace) indicating the denomination (weight).
It is important that if you're going to look for a real authentic Chinese Silver Dragon Coin, you should remember a genuine Chinese silver dragon dollar would normally have a weight measurement about 27 grams (7 mace and 2 candareens).

GENUINE REVERSE:
Dragon-emblem in centre, surrounded by stylizied clouds. Above: 'HUPEH PROVINCE", right and left small rosettes. Below: 7 MACE AND 2 CANDAREENS"



FAKE OBVERSE:
Four Chinese and four large Manchu characters (Kuang Hsu Valuable Coin) in inner circle. Please note that the Manchu characters in inner circle are more larger than on the authentic coin. In upper outer circle, Chinese ( made in Kiangsi Province). Right and left small rosettes. In lower outer circle (Equivalent to 7.2 mace) indicating the denomination (weight).

FAKE REVERSE:
Dragon-emblem in centre, surrounded by stylizied clouds. Above: 'HXXXX PROVINCE", right and left small rosettes. Below: 7 MACE AND 2 CANDAREENS"



ANOTHER FAKE OBVERSE:
Four Chinese and four large Manchu characters (Kuang Hsu Valuable Coin) in inner circle. In upper outer circle, Chinese ( made in Liaoning Province). Right and left small rosettes. In lower outer circle (Equivalent to 7.2 mace) indicating the denomination (weight).

ANOTHER FAKE REVERSE:
Dragon-emblem in centre, surrounded by stylizied clouds. Above: 'Hxxxx PROVINCE", right and left small rosettes. Below: 7 MACE AND 2 CANDAREENS"



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