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Potential Chinese Coin With Dragon Motif

 
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 Posted 08/07/2021  7:12 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Springfield444 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Several dragon motifs. Dragon is the a centerpiece of Chinese mythology. What I want to know is does this resemble an old coin? Something that can help me date this piece.





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 Posted 08/07/2021  8:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hey Springfield444, I'll bump you to the proper folk to get a better look at your coin. Now I can help further in stating that your coin based on the incredible blurriness of the photos given is a very likely Chinese 10 or 20 cash of the late 1800's to the 1920s era. It could also be one of the provincial cash coins, and if it is a common coin, worth around a dollar or two average, or a bit more valuable if a scarcer variety.

Congrats on posting to a very appropriate thread for a mythical creature and we all here say , we are all here to help each other out.
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@spring, first, you'll see that I split this reply off from the other thread http://goccf.com/t/308202) so that we can get some good eyes on it. However, I think that we are going to need better pics to help you figure out what you have there. Thx. Once we figure out what you have, we can move this thread over to the appropriate forum.
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To put in perspective. It's very small.



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No, it doesn't really resemble an old Chinese coin. Traditional Chinese coins are round with square holes, and four characters surrounding the hole on each side. They almost never had images or pictures of anything on them.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, some Western-style machine-struck coinage was made, and during the Imperial period (prior to 1912) these coins often featured dragons. Typically they were coiled up in an S-shape, to better fit onto a round coin, like these examples.

The warlord Yuan Shi-kai declared himself Emperor in 1915; his brief reign saw the issue of coins featuring dragons in much more "natural-looking" poses; see here for examples.

Neither of these dragon-styles seem to match your image.
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