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 Posted 06/25/2014  5:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Chinese cash coins such as the two pictured above have the square hole in them as part of their method of manufacture. These coins are cast, not struck, and are rough and sandy all the way around. The obverse and reverse have their high points smoothed on a lathe, then the coins are pushed onto a square-cross-sectioned steel rod so a whole bunch of them can have their edges lathed all at once to remove the casting sprues and other edge defects. A round rod wouldn't work for this purpose because the coins could simply rotate on the spot.

Chinese traditional beliefs subsequently gave the square-in-circle all kinds of mystical meanings, but the original purpose was purely practical.
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 Posted 06/25/2014  7:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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i just want a coin with a hole for my collection.


That shouldn't pose much of a problem. I plucked this group out of a few shops' junk/bargain bins just today. None duplicate (except by country of origin) any of those with which I started this thread.



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 Posted 06/25/2014  11:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Henry M Smith to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I saw a mention of the holey dollar. If you go that route, make certain you get the dump, the smaller coin that fits the hole. Australia has some commemorative ones out, the original used as a start for their coins are too rare.
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 Posted 06/26/2014  12:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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...make certain you get the dump, the smaller coin that fits the hole...

Dumps don't actually fit inside the hole in Holey Dollars. That's because the Dump and the rim of the hole have both been struck after the Dump was punched out. The act of striking would have flattened the Dump, making it larger in diameter, while it would have made the hole diameter smaller.

Of course, since Holey Dollars sell for about the price of a small house while dumps sell for about the price of a cheap car, anyone interested in Australian Colonial coinage who can afford to buy a Holey Dollar probably already has a Dump.
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 Posted 06/26/2014  05:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm a big fan of holed coins. here are a few from my collection.




















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 Posted 06/27/2014  01:02 am  Show Profile   Check Wade's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Wade to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
japan 1741 with casting error

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Wade, yours doesn't have enough metal and mine has too much...



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 Posted 06/27/2014  05:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
From my Birth Year Set

1968 Fiji 1 Penny



1968 Japan 50 Yen



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 Posted 06/27/2014  08:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thai-vic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here are a few from Thailand from the 1930s and 40s.
In order: 1, 5, 10, 20 satangs. They did come in various designs from the 1900s until the 1940s. And you can still find them strung together. Although still legal tender most shops won't accept them mainly because the young shop assistants are ignorant of them.



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 Posted 06/29/2014  12:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Complete (short) type set of holed coins of Edward V111 (all 1936), issued for circulation:
British West Africa: Penny, Halfpenny, One Tenth Penny
East Africa: Ten Cents, Five Cents
New Guinea: Penny
Fiji: Half Penny
(Seven types in all, none bear his image; there are some rare mule coins as well.)

Kutch (India), also issued non holed coins in the name of Edward V111, but they are epigraphic only, and do not bear his image.
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 Posted 08/26/2014  6:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just another of this genre that I ran across today in a coin shop's bargain bin....



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 Posted 08/26/2014  8:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the info on holes, Sap. I always wondered why there would ever have to be a hole in a coin or token.
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 Posted 08/27/2014  01:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a (I believe) Danish 5 Kroner with a hole in it. It also has small hearts and some celtic-looking patterns. It's one of my favorite coins and I'll post a pic when I can.
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Some hole coins in my collection















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