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 Posted 05/16/2022  10:42 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Gingerbread Man to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all.

A friend has an old Chinese figure made out of Chinese coins. She wonders the best way to value this? I'm assuming the value (if there is much) would more likely be in the coins themselves rather than them strung together as a figure?

If so what's her best method to start working out it's value? It's pretty dirty as it's quite old.
So, look at it as it is?
Cut all the coins off and look at the coins individually to assess?
Or does the whole ensemble hold a value?

Also, can it easily be cleaned without damage?

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 Posted 05/16/2022  10:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gxseries to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Before pulling the coins out, it would be best to leave it as it is and try to take better photos. If I am not wrong, common cash coins were used to make these. If this is true, it makes more sense to sell it as art. It used to be quite common as tourist pieces but have vanished in the last 20 years.

I could be wrong but the figure looks more Bali / Indonesian origin.
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 Posted 05/16/2022  11:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good advice.



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Thanks. She told me it was bought in China, but it was her late husbands who received it at some point before they married.

The coins are that dirty, it's hard to get some decent photos.

I thought it would be more of a tourist item and would only have value in the coins if one happened to be something, but not intentionally designed to have great value.
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Very interesting. Most coins are of the late Qing dynasty cash coin but more surprisingly is the use of Japanese cash coins.

I am of the opinion that this is crafted in Indonesia. The use of Japanese cash coin makes less sense if this was done in China.

See examples of Bali cash coin figure art

https://www.google.com/search?q=bal...UoAHoECAEQAA

This is best left as it is.
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 Posted 05/16/2022  2:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Safaga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As an interesting piece of ethnic art, I recommend that it be left as is -- certainly not taken apart.
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 Posted 05/16/2022  3:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
I'm assuming the value (if there is much) would more likely be in the coins themselves rather than them strung together as a figure?


First, welcome to CCF. Second, I think the advice given of keeping it whole and uncleaned is spot on. It is a little unwieldy, but a fun decoration as-is.
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 Posted 05/16/2022  3:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree. It is best to leave this intact. Nothing much to gain by disassembly, but plenty to be lost.
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 Posted 05/16/2022  3:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a pile of similar cash coins for sale on eBay. Worth about 50 cents each. This lot would be about enough to build your figurine.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3251207529...BFBMtPWf5plg

My guess is that the intact figurine is worth more than $25. I'd be cautious about getting it wet because of the old twine used to hold it together. Better to brush it and vacuum it.
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 Posted 05/16/2022  4:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add realeswatcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good God, the value left intact is FAR more than the coins themselves, which are likely common cash types.

DO NOT DISASSEMBLE!!!

Honestly more of an "antique" or piece of art than a numismatic item.
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 Posted 05/16/2022  6:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a nicer one for $285.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/962939...y-1-14&sts=1

Worth a lot more than the coins even in rough condition.
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 Posted 05/16/2022  7:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Far more value as an artwork, than the sum total of the coins for numismatic value
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 Posted 05/17/2022  04:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gingerbread Man to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks all. I will pass this all on.

It does look very similar to that Bali figurine.
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 Posted 05/24/2022  3:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JDRMCB to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, worth far more than its numismatic value.
Here's one that recently sold:

https://www.icollector.com/INDONESI...ll_i40778873
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