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Medal: China Fantasy Yuan Shi Kai (Fakes are possible)  1916
Medal: China Fantasy Yuan Shi Kai (Fakes are possible) 1916

This is a 'fantasy' silver dollar produced as a collectible and a commemorative for 1916. As such, it is not a legal tender coin, but it carries numismatic (coin collector) value nevertheless. In America we have 'so-called dollars' which are roughly equivalent to Chinese fantasy dollars.

Values are far less than circulating coinage, but respectable nevertheless. Genuine Shi Kai (or Shikai, or Shih-kai, or Shih-khai) dollars command good prices:

GENUINE COINS
worn: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1000
well preserved: $2000
fully uncirculated: $3500

The coin in our main picture (upper left) comes from Stack's Bowers and Ponterio where it sold for $1650 US dollars during a 2016 auction. CoinQuest thanks Stack's Bowers and Ponterio for use of their coin image.

Requester JL sent us a picture of his Shikai dollar. Unfortunately, it is a crude counterfeit. The image below shows a side-by-side comparison of the Stack's coin and JL's coin. In addition to the obvious lack of detail on the fake, there are many differences in pattern as well.

Coin: 21540 , Genre: Medals
Requested by: JL, Tue, 06-Sep-2016 01:42:50 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 06-Sep-2016 01:44:41 GMT
Requester description: yuan shikai dragon on back
Tags: medal china fantasy yuan shi kai fakes counterfeit medallion medals medalion badge medaille medallions shinese chin chine chian chinese chineese replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery shikai dragon dragons beard hair hat cap headdress hairdo hairline hood caps hooded

  

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