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Unknown "Cash" Coin? Calling The Experts...

 
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 Posted 09/29/2020  08:54 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Bump111 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The coin / token below is ~2.4 cm in diameter and less than 1 mm thick. It weighs 1.66 grams. I'm pretty sure it isn't properly oriented since I am about 0 for 20 on these things! Any help in identification is appreciated. I don't know the lingo so can't use Numista. Thanks a bunch!





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09/29/2020 08:59 am
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 Posted 09/29/2020  10:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The first image is upside down. It appears to be an issue of Emperor Hsuan Tsung (1821-1851) of the Fukien mint, but the characters are distorted, and I am not sure why. The fact that it is grossly underweight may have something to do with that, but there are more knowledgeable people who should know.
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09/29/2020 10:08 am
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 Posted 09/29/2020  10:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's a modern reproduction; they make them to use as decorations or in crafts
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Thanks for the info. I will pass it along to the proprietor!

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 Posted 09/29/2020  7:34 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, it's a modern "Feng Shui" replica of a Chinese cash. Often used in making charms, wall hangings, "coin swords" and such, which are traditionally made up of "sets" of different emperors, or different provinces. Apparently, the evil spirits can't tell the difference between genuine coins and replicas and are equally repelled by both.

The genuine coins are so cheap and common, this is one of those cases where the value doesn't really change whether it's fake or genuine. Many coin dealers, around here at least, have a bowl of "Chinese cash coins - $2 each" or something like that. In the bowl you'll usually find a mixture of genuine coins and replicas.
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