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China Kwangtung (Kwang-Tung) Double Dragon Fantasy Tael and Half Tael (Fakes are possible)  1888 to 1908
China Kwangtung (Kwang-Tung) Double Dragon Fantasy Tael and Half Tael (Fakes are possible) 1888 to 1908

These coins are called 'fantasy' because they were never actually produced by the Chinese government. There were plans to produce them, and (as I understand it) a few pattern coins were made, but full production never happened. The coins collected today fall into two categories:

(1) High-quality genuine coins produced (in England?) in the early 1900s
(2) Crude counterfeit coins produced today and sold to tourists and unwary collectors

The genuine coins are worth a ton of money. See our side-by-side comparison of high and low quality further down this page. The trouble is that the counterfeiters are getting better and better at producing high-quality coins. Do not buy one of these unless you absolutely trust the seller. Even slabbed Chinese coins are suspect, since the slabs themselves are being faked.

Taels and half taels are worth about the same: Taels measure about 39 mm in diameter, and half taels measure about 34 mm in diameter.

GENUINE TAELS AND HALF TAELS:
worn: $500 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15000
well preserved: $3000
fully uncirculated: $4000

COUNTERFEIT TAELS AND HALF TAELS:
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $3
fully uncirculated: $4

Coin: 19524 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: panicos, Sun, 05-Jul-2015 07:47:41 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 05-Jul-2015 13:05:03 GMT
Requester description: Please look the ling for photos .i can't read it.
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