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Offline Mark240590

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1920 Straits settlements 1 Cent Chopmarks ?
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:21:28 PM »
Hi,

Just picked this up. I know the WWII Japanese occupation made locals countermark for collection onto their coins but I've just picked this up for the lofty sum of 2.27 and I've not seen one before. Does anyone else have experience of them
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Offline MORGENSTERNN

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Re: 1920 Straits settlements 1 Cent Chopmarks ?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2017, 04:19:19 AM »
Hello,
Maybe a modern concoction ?
Have a look here to see other counterstamped Strait Settlements coins
http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,37551.0.html

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Re: 1920 Straits settlements 1 Cent Chopmarks ?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2017, 01:33:35 PM »
I see two or three different punch marks, one of which is repeated at least four times. They seem to contain Chinese characters. I don't know what they mean. The coin is dated 1920, at a time when big silver coins were regularly chop-marked in this area.

Those chop marks have the same function as shroff marks on Indian silver: to ascertain that the silver is not plated. They often represent the name of the chopper or his company. It is possible that a merchant was trying out his new chops on a cheap coin.

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