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Dubious or False Coins IV

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.

Counterfeit Che-Kiang 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.

This counterfeit coin was unluckily purchased by Mr.N.G. of Wisconsin. He wrote to me an email on 11th Mar., 2006. The email is self-explanatory.

Subject: Hello from Wisconsin!

Recently bought this coin from an antique store. I had no idea what it was exactly, but found it to be very interesting. I quickly found your site and was able to identify it as a dragon silver dollar. However, some of the characters on the back are slightly different from any of the ones shown on your site. This makes me wonder, is this coin one you do not have or a very good forgery? I appreciate any help you could give me in identifying this coin!

Thank You!


Another email from Mr. N.G.

Dear Mr. Leungn,

Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Why me, WHY ME!

Seriously though, I can't say it surprises me. When I was unable to match it to any of your coins, and then began reading about the forgeries other people have gotten, I feared the worst. However, I still would have bought the coin (knowing it to be a forgery) simply because I find the design fascinating. (Maybe I'll start collecting forgeries)

I would like to thank you very much for confirming the coins status. Please feel free to post my woes on your "Dubious or False Coins" page. That way I can at least get my 15 seconds of fame from this incident.

Once again thank you, and good luck with your collecting and web site!


P.S. My mother says I should make the coin into a pendant to wear to remind me to be a bit more wary of things!

[ I like the last sentence very much! It is really a good suggestion. I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Nathan, he is so kind as to let me use his images. Thanks indeed! ykleungn ]

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

By courtesy of Mr. N.G.
Reverse :
Dragon-emblem in centre, surrounded by stylizied clouds. Above: 'KIANG NAN PROVINCE", right and left small rosettes. Below: 7 MACE AND 2 CANDAREENS".

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