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China Kwang Shu Kuoping Tael (Fakes are possible)  1908
China Kwang Shu Kuoping Tael (Fakes are possible) 1908

The vast majority of Kwang Shu taels are fakes, made to look like a genuine gold fantasy coin with the same inscriptions. Our side-by-side comparison image below shows the marked difference between the real and fake coins.

Kwang Shu is not a Chinese province, although Kwant Tung is, and Kuang Hsu (or Kwang Hsu, or Kwang Su, or Guangsu) is a Chinese emperor (1875 to 1908). There is not a lot of information readily available about the background or history of this coin, but it appeared on the respected dealer Noble Numismatics web site years ago.

Further, we have been unable to nail down the actual value of the genuine piece, since we cannot find any reliable auction results. We are certain, nevertheless, of the value of the fakes, which are all over the Interent:

KWANG SHU TAEL REPLICA
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $3
fully uncirculated: $10

Check the details of the two coins in this side-by-side comparison:


CoinQuest thanks Noble Numismatics for use of their coin photo. It is a beauty!

Coin: 21616 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: JM, Tue, 25-Apr-2017 15:12:20 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 25-Apr-2017 18:30:18 GMT
Requester description: My dad gave me this coin a long time back as part of my coin collection. It says KWANG SHU KUOPING ONE TAEL on the front with a dragon. The back shows several Chinese-style characters. It appears to be made of brass with silver plating.
Tags: china kwang kwangtung shu kuoping tael fakes counterfeit taiwan chine chinese chineese kuanghsu kuang kwan tung replica forger counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery dad time part one dragon style characters character brass copper silver parts ones dragons stylized logograms logogram coppers bronze coppery bronzes cupro feinsilber sliver siver argent silber silverish silb hsu

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