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Offline michaeljosephrusso

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Tai Ching Ti Kuo 1$ found in register. Real or Fake?
« on: November 22, 2015, 03:48:09 PM »
What do you think? What year is it? Is it real?

I say its a fake but I'm just guessing.

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Re: Tai Ching Ti Kuo 1$ found in register. Real or Fake?
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2016, 07:28:31 PM »
Hello Michael,

Your intuition is correct. The coin is a replica of a 1907 Empire dollar, catalog L&M 20 or K 212, in uncirculated condition. A real coin might cost in the $1000 - $12000 range but this replica would run about $3 - $5. Someone honest employee or patron probably found it and wanted the owner to recover it later and placed it in the cash register for safe keeping.

The coin details are close but deviate from authentic coins. The fine lines of the dragon are not crisply defined and mislocated. The coin rim should be narrower and the perimeter denticles extend closer to the rim edge on the obverse face. From the photographs, the edge reeding appears too even for coins made in that era. The coin depth looks too thick, probably to increase the weight close to correct values. A greyish coin color suggests cupro-nickel instead of silver composition.

The coin diameter should measure 39m and weigh 26.9g. The coin depth should be 2.0 - 2.3mm thick.
There are more details here:

http://coinquest.com/cgi-bin/cq/coins?main_coin=2708
http://coinquest.com/cgi-bin/cq/coins?main_coin=5983