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Province FUNG TIEN coin
« on: July 21, 2016, 11:30:41 AM »
Hi to all,

I just purchased this chinese silver coin marked "PROVINCE FUNG TIEN" with following characteristics :

Weight = 29.4 grams
Diameter = 44 mm

It looks like a dragon dollar type.

Can anybody help me to clarify (type, rarity).

Thanks in advance for your help

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Re: Province FUNG TIEN coin
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2016, 09:01:39 AM »
Welcome to CCF!

1899. 25th Year of Kuang Hsü.
Unfortunately, this is a fake, fantasy coin.Not genuine.
The denomination of Your coin is 1 Tael. Original coin is 1 Dollar.
1899 FungTien 1 Tael is not exist at all.





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Re: Province FUNG TIEN coin
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2016, 09:18:22 AM »
Hi EU-HUN-BP,

Thanks for your input which unfortunately matches my worst assumptions ... the coin is too heavy and too wide for a dollar, and too light for a tael ...

Anyway, to how much could this "coin" sell as a curiosity ?

Best regards,
CB

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Re: Province FUNG TIEN coin
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2016, 09:39:03 AM »
If this coin is silver,then You can sell on melted price.
But in most cases ,these coins contain only low percentage silver. :(
I would say,this is a worthless coin.
Sorry.

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Re: Province FUNG TIEN coin
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2016, 12:22:13 AM »
Welcome to the forum.

Yes, it is a fake, most likely made with white metal, alloy (clad) without silver or with a very small amount of silver. It can be determined by a simple ping test. Place coin on the fingertip and then take any solid stick to tap gently on the edge of the coin. The silver coin will produce a high pitched bell ring while white metal gives a dull sound.

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Re: Province FUNG TIEN coin
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2016, 02:17:56 AM »
Hi poconopenn,

Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, I should have misunderstood the way to handle the coin (English is not my mother language), as any solid silver coin of my collection will produce a dull tone  :(

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Re: Province FUNG TIEN coin
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2016, 07:33:07 AM »
Hi poconopenn,

Further to my last message, I tossed the coin on a marble and compared with heavy (such as French royal ecus) solid silver coins. The coin sound is superbly light ... so, maybe it's a fake, but at least it's good silver !  :001_rolleyes: