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China (Empire) Hu Poo Tael 1903
Chinese coins are hot! And this one is hottest of the hot. In 2011 a genuine Hu Poo Tael sold at auction for $271,400 US dollars. Wow! You can read about it in this article from Coin World. But, the chances that Chris has a genuine Hu Poo Tael are one in a million. There are oodles of fakes, like this one on Flickr.
CoinQuest does not have a copyright agreement with Baldwin's (London) where the $271,400 coin sold. The pictures on this page come from Heritage Auctions and CoinQuest thanks Heritage for use of their photos. The silver coin in the photo is a 'mace' coin, not a tael, and the large gold coin is a pattern tael which sold for $29,900.
Both are amazing coins.
Chris, if you would like to read about counterfeit coins like this check this thread at Coin Community.
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