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 Posted 05/19/2019  12:07 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add fplagge to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Team, Can you assist me in identifying this coin?
I cannot find an identical match for both obverse and reverse.

It SEEMS to be a 1 cash, Qing Long Bao dynasty coin.
The closest match I have found is an FD# 2321.
My coin measures approx 24 mm, 4.27 gm.

I need to know if I have a coin, replica, or charm (I do not think charm).

Also, I need a ballpark figure as to value, as I have found very large differences in value on the web.

Any help is appreciated.

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 Posted 05/19/2019  9:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, it's a Qian Long tong bao cash, Board of Revenue mint. One of the commonest coins the planet has ever seen - they made billions of them per year, over most of the sixty-year reign of the emperor. Certainly genuine; minimal value - a typical find from a "Cash coins $2 each" coin dealer's scratchtray. Because they are so common, collectors have examined them carefully for varieties and privy marks. I don't have my Harthill catalogue with me right now, but from memory, this is a mid-period (type E, dating from the period 1768-1774), South Branch variety.

This educational picture might help distinguishing the branch-marks of the period.
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 Posted 05/20/2019  08:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fplagge to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, Sap. You apparently know your stuff!
I appreciate your help and fast reply.
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