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Republic Of China 1 Yuan "Junk Dollar"

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 Posted 05/26/2022  10:36 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Some_Nerd to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello all,

I already posted on Numista, but I was hoping to get some opinions here regarding the below coin. I believe it to be a Chinese Y#345 1 Yuan ( ). This is from an eBay listing from a reputable seller that does not specialize in coins. As such, I do not have a weight or diameter to help validate. Based on looks alone, does this look genuine or counterfeit? If genuine, what grade would you give it?

As a reminder, I did not take these photos, so I apologize if they are of sub-par quality.

Thank you in advance,
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 Posted 05/26/2022  10:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Albert to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have trouble with posts like this one (based on the provided images) because I have a stack of fakes that don't look much different than the posted coin or genuine coins.
Specific gravity, weight and dimensions say more than some photos alone.
As far as reputable sellers go, I have purchased both good and bad coins.
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 Posted 05/26/2022  11:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All we can say is that, if it's fake, it's not a fake that is so bad that we can tell it's fake just by looking at the pictures.

It might be genuine. It might be a higher-quality fake. Or it might be a poor fake with poor and/or deceptive photography.

Frankly, with the number of high-quality fakes of Chinese dollars around these days, I'd stay away from eBay, and stay away from any seller of these coins who isn't a specialist in these coins and gives an ironclad return guarantee.
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 Posted 05/27/2022  12:10 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add aiglet7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A good article on common counterfeit Chinese coins can be found here:-

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 Posted 06/02/2022  4:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well if you buy it on EBay with Paypal you'll get a refund if fake. I once purchased a bunch of silver from a dealer who, like seller seems, sold mostly antique bric a brac and very few coins. The 1966 Mexico 25 Pesos turned out to be fake but the rest were genuine. When contacted he told me he was selling for a friend and the flips had silver written on them so he assumed they were silver. He was quick to refund the difference so I didn't lose anything and I have another fake to add to my 'education' collection.
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