China Hunan (Hu-Nan) Dollar (Counterfeit) 1903
Your coin probably looks somewhat different than our picture. The 7 mace 2 candareens annotation indicates a silver dollar denomination. While other similar coins are prevalent from other Chinese provinces (see this example from Hupeh Province), dollar coins from Hunan Province are extremely rare. Here is what the Standard Catalog of World Coins says about a Hunan dollar:
'These dollars were produced at the Heaton Mint, Birmingham, England as trials before sending the dies and machinery to China. About 6 pieces exist.'
It is doubtful you have one of these 6 pieces. Instead, counterfeiters -- and there are a lot of them in China -- created look-alikes and successfully got them to market.
Your counterfeit coin is worth zero. Sorry.
, Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Dave H, Sat, 07-Jan-2012 01:08:45 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 06-Dec-2013 23:10:32 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Tue, 15-Dec-2015 14:13:50 GMT
Requester description: Hu-Nan Province, 7 Mace and 2 Candareens. Dragon on same side as above inscriptions. Reverse side is all Chinese characters.
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