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China T'ung Chih Fantasy Dollar (Fakes are possible)
China T'ung Chih Fantasy Dollar (Fakes are possible)

If it's genuine, Frank, you have a valuable coin. Remember:

DO NOT CLEAN YOUR COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

The amazing coin in our picture comes from Stack's Bowers and Ponterio where it sold in a 2011 auction for $1400 US dollars. This gives you an idea of value. CoinQuest thanks Stack's Bowers and Ponterio for use of their coin image. It's an amazing coin.

The problem with all coins like this is the possibility of fakes. China encourages, or certainly does not discourage, counterfeiting of rare coins as a money-making industry. Too bad. It gives Chinese coin collecting a bad name.

If you can send pictures, Frank, we may be able to tell if you particular coin is real or fake. There is a side-by-side comparison with a known fake below. If there is a good possibility it is real, you should probably have your coin authenticated, graded, and encapsulated by a professional third-party grading service like PCGS, NGC, ANACS, or ICG. Do not use other services.

Coin: 15717 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: FRANK, Thu, 17-Oct-2013 05:02:20 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 14-Nov-2013 15:04:50 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 05-Oct-2015 01:53:31 GMT
Requester description: 1860 CH'ING DYNASTY LARGE SILVER COIN WITH THE PICTURE OF EMPEROR TUNG CHIH, ON BACK OF COIN HAS CHINESE CHARACTERS TRANSLATED INTO {WISH THE BEAR}'GOOD FORTUNE AND HEALTH', OUTSIDE THE CHINESE INSCRIPTION ARE 2 DRAGONS GOING AROUND THE SIDE
Tags: china ung chih fantasy dollar fakes counterfeit shinese chin chine chian chinese chineese dollare doller dol dollars replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery ch ing dynasty large silver emperor tung kwangtung characters character wish bear fortune health 2 dragons dragon larger largish siliver sliver argent silber silverish slver silb empereur imperaior emperer emperuer emporer emperur emperio emperado emperador empreradur eporor emperator kwang logograms bearing bears box square suared squarish boxed squared boxes squares rectangle rectangular rectangles

  

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