China Hunan (Hu-Nan) Dollar (Counterfeit)  1903
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.

Coin: 10051 , 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
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., 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.
Tags: china hunan hu nan dollar counterfeit shinese chin chine chian chinese chineese dollare doller dol dollars replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery fakes province 7 mace 2 candareens dragon characters character candarins candabeens canadareens candreens dragons logograms circle circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet ring circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircles encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed


If the die and machinery were made for China to produce this coin, what is the relevance to the six made in England as tests I would assume? Yes they would be rare and great to have, but how does that make the ones made in China, for China's circulation counterfeit by using the machine sent to them? This truly lacks in proper information. - Tom
DO you know whether or not the machinery was ever used in China. I think it was not used. The coin pictured is an obvious fake made by modern-day counterfeiters. It was never made for circulation. -- Please send documentation if the British equipment was used after shipment to China. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Is the piece silver or not, and if it is then it has value for its silver content. It looks and sounds like silver when dropped on hard surface .
I do not know if the fakes have any silver content. Could be. Your ring test is a tried-and-true method. A jeweler can do a test. - CoinQuest (Paul)




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