China Chihli Tael (Fakes are possible) 1907
Taels are generally very valuable, and this one is *really* valuable. The coin in our picture comes from Stacks Bowers Ponterio and Associates where it sold at auction for (are you ready?) $75000 US dollars back in 2010. It would be worth more today.
As with all valuable coins, and especially with valuable coins form China, counterfeits abound. There is a great thread over on China Coin Forum that discusses the differences between real and fake Pei Yang taels.
Charlene sent us a picture of her coin and we suspect it is a fake. The image below shows some obvious design discrepancies, and the overall appearance of Charlene's coin is soft and mushy compared to the sharp surfaces of the genuine coin.
, Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Charlene, Mon, 01-Jul-2013 21:34:35 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 06-Oct-2013 02:20:32 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 18-Jun-2015 13:03:09 GMT
Requester description: The obverse side has a dragon with 33rd Year of Kuang Hsu Pei Yang. The other side has 4 squiggly characters at the top which I believe indicate it is a tael. There are 6 other characters around the edge and 4 characters in the circle in the middle.
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