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Offline paulb104

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Is this a Hsien Feng coin?
« on: September 20, 2019, 06:35:01 AM »
I'm trying to identify this coin, and it *seems* like it is a Hsien Feng coin but I am VERY far from an expert...!

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Re: Is this a Hsien Feng coin?
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2019, 09:37:53 AM »
Well spotted. The vertical characters on the left picture are indeed Hsien Feng. The horizontal characters are yuan pao. This side looks like a 100 cash.

The vertical characters on the right say 500 cash. The horizontal, Manchu characters should have identified the mint, but the right character is unknown to me.

This is a modern fantasy piece. The regularly pitted fields are typical for modern imitations. There is no genuine 500 cash coin. The genuine multiple cash coins issued in the reign of Hsien Feng are extremely difficult to find. Coins like these were made for sale to US army personnel in Vietnam. They liked their cash coins big.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.