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China Taels (General Values) (Counterfeit)  1880 to 1940
China Taels (General Values) (Counterfeit) 1880 to 1940

A tael is a denomination of Chinese coins that is larger than one dollar. A few Chinese provinces have minted tael coins since about 1900, but most of these coins you see today are fakes. The polite name is 'Fantasy Coin' but I prefer 'counterfeit.' Unsuspecting people have purchased these large coins for large sums of money, only to find out later that they are not genuine. Bummer.

The coin in our main picture is from this thread on Coin Community forum (click here) about Chinese fakes, and CoinQuest thanks CC member dans3kgt for use of his coin photo.

In the 1970s the US passed a law called the Hobby Protection Act which required all coin replicas to carry the inscription COPY on one side or the other (not the edge). This went a long way toward stopping counterfeit operations in the US. Unfortunately, China has no such law, and counterfeiting houses are in full swing, flooding the market with fake rare coins. It is a BUYER BEWARE time in coin collecting.

If you want to buy rare coins, especially Chinese rare coins, PLEASE deal only with people you know and trust. The counterfeiters are making lots of money and they put some of that money back into making better counterfeits, so coin authentication is more important than ever. Fakes are worth zero.

If you would like a list of honest, reliable coin dealers, write to us and we'll send you our favorites. But, even, then, build up a relationship of trust with several dealers by buying low-end coins slowly at first.

Coin: 14124 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: MIchael Rose, Thu, 04-Apr-2013 21:59:48 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 27-Jun-2014 22:24:02 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 23-Mar-2015 18:38:50 GMT
Requester description: 1903 He-Nan Province One Tael One Tael
Tags: china taels tael general counterfeit shinese chin chine chian chinese chineese teal replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery fakes nan hunan province one hu ones dragon kwang kwangtung si kwangsi henan fen tien fentien yun yunnan dragons tung

Comments

I have found 14 Yun Nan tael coins. I would like to know how to find out if they are genuine or fake. Can you direct me in this? I am in Orange County NY. - Jaclyn
Hey Jaclyn, I'm not aware of any tael coins from Yunnan Province and they're not listed in my catalogs. To have 14 authentic tael coins would be quite a find. If you find one and it sticks to a good magnet, it's not real silver. A reputable dealer in your area will also be able to determine authenticity. - CoinQuest (Todd)

  

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