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Three NGC Top Pop MS-65 RB 1896 5 Fun Coins!

 
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 Posted 01/20/2021  09:15 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Lembafc to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Take a look at these hot tamales I recently picked up at Heritage Auctions! Three of the eleven top graded 1896 5 Fun coins at MS-65 RB. At close look, all three have a different personality and feel. Which one do you think has the best eye appeal (vote with the NGC #).





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 Posted 01/20/2021  09:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice looking coins.
But I know nothing about Korean coins.

What grabbed my attention is the use of the digit "5"!
I would not have expected an Arabic numeral on an 1896 Korean coin.
What is the reason?
Describe it as if there were no picture.
Picture it as if there were no description.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  09:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add That Coin Dude to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't see any Arabic numerals on these. There was a lot of trade back then so currency had to be multilingual.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  09:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lembafc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@Kanga All coins during this period had their values stated in English, Korean (hangul), and Hanja(Chinese Characters) on the reverse. Japanese coins and Chinese coins were done in the same fashion in some shape or form. It was probably directly related to international trade and currency exchanges.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  09:37 am  Show Profile   Check chafemasterj's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chafemasterj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I absolutely love the obverse dragons on these. Really cool. It's neat how the engraver intertwined the two.

Thanks for sharing.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  09:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like 023 the best.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  10:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not my field, but love the designs!
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 Posted 01/20/2021  10:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lembafc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I like 023 the best.


I am torn between 023 and 015. The strike on the reverse of 015 is really nice, but I really like the red in 023.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  11:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful design. I like the brighter look of the first one overall, but also really like the strike on the front of OBV 2.
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 Posted 01/20/2021  4:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful!
I have to agree with John1 - 023.

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 Posted 01/21/2021  04:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gxseries to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice one! Coins of this era are home to a lot of varieties and can drive a novice collector mad.

I personally like the last one. The reverse seems to have better details. Might look different in hand.

Just to illustrate that there are three different varieties for this year alone

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 Posted 01/21/2021  06:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Squire Wilson to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
...you can have good times with "Fun" coins

Sorry , I couldn't resist the quip

I like the noble "aged copper blush" tones of 015

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 Posted 01/21/2021  06:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lembafc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Nice one! Coins of this era are home to a lot of varieties and can drive a novice collector mad.

I personally like the last one. The reverse seems to have better details. Might look different in hand.

Just to illustrate that there are three different varieties for this year alone


Year 505 is my favorite of the 5 Funs. I especially like the Great Joseon (Korea) large characters, no dot. Those big characters really pop off the coin. 5 Funs are a lot of fun to collect because of all the varieties.


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...you can have good times with "Fun" coins


I've made this joke a hundred times with my son. :) We will be metal detecting and find one and I'll say, "Hey Ollie! I guess you could say we had a 'Fun' time!" hehehe
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 Posted 01/21/2021  08:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gxseries to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are three coins left in the 5 fun that I'm missing - 1894 small characters, 1898 large characters (not medium), 1899. Followed by the nickel copper coins which we know they are just too hard to fill in any condition.

It's hard for me to pick a favorite. I have been really lucky to find some undocumented varieties and error coins from this era. I am partial to the nickel copper 5 chon



This is one of the first few coins that got me hooked onto this series. I noticed that many don't quite get the orientation of this coin right - I think that applies to many sites.

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 Posted 01/21/2021  09:05 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Lembafc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Followed by the nickel copper coins which we know they are just too hard to fill in any condition.


Really? These are so common in Korea. I have a whole baggie of them. Which ones don't you have?


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1898 large characters (not medium)


I actually found one of these metal detecting in Korea.
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 Posted 01/21/2021  5:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add gxseries to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can you please show me a photo of it Lembafc?
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