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Early China Tai He Zhong Bao Amulet (Jin Dynasty)
Early China Tai He Zhong Bao Amulet (Jin Dynasty)

According to our favorite web site about such coins, PrimalTrek.com, the four-character inscription on this massive charm, tai he zhong bao, means 'peace and harmony' or 'prosperity and harmony.'

The Jin Dynasty dates back at least 1000 years ago, so genuine coins are that old. The question is, 'is my coin really that old, or is it a modern fake?'

Counterfeiting is rampant in Chinese coins today. The only sure-fire method of distinguishing authentic from replica coins is to submit them for professional authentication. However, knowledgeable collectors and professional coin dealers can usually identify less-than-perfect fakes with an in-person inspection.

We have seen genuine coins selling around these prices:

worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $60

These are very approximate values.

Coin: 14302 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Jennifer Critchett, Tue, 23-Apr-2013 01:27:22 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 02-Nov-2013 02:55:42 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 10-Apr-2015 12:47:41 GMT
Requester description: It spells harmony. It's at least 2in gold color with square in the middle. Very thick. 4 pictures of Chinese letters. One on each side of the square. Flat on the back Unknown
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