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Dubious or False Coins I

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.

Kuang Hsu Yuan Pao or Guang Su Yuan Bao

This counterfeit coin was unluckily purchased by Mr. K C . He wrote to me an email on 6th April 2005. The email is self-explanatory.

Dear Sir,

Sorry to bother you and if you do not respond I will understand. I recently purchased a 7.2 Chinese Dragon coin. The coin does not match any of yours and I am having great difficulty identifying it. Perhaps you can help.

The obverse looks like a traditional Chinese Dragon coin. The reverse has Chinese characters on it and what appears to be another type of language. In the center of the reverse is what appears to be a flower. It looks to be a sunflower or Japanese Chrysanthumum.

I am thinking that this is a fake or a restrike put out sometime later than the late 1800's. Any help is appreciated. I'm sorry I have no pictures and I understand fully if you are to busy to reply.

Thank you.


By courtesy of Mr. K C

On the obverse of this coin, there are 4 Chinese, all reading as Kuang Hsu Yuan Pao in center, within a beaded circle. Two Chinese characters at top means "Made by Kashgar or Kashi" and below two Chinese Characters means "One Tael". Uygur legend on the both sides of the beaded circle. The obverse legend denotes this is a Sinkiang Province coin.

On the reverse of this coin, there is a side view dragon surrounded by English characters "KIANG NAN PROVINCE, 7 MACE AND 2 CANDAREENS" and stars on the right and left.

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