Indo Chinese piastre from 1500?
My girlfriend acquired a coin in Laos that looks like a genuine silver piastre, except that the date is 1500. I see no indication that the number was changed, but the 5 stands out a bit, although I believe that the contours of the 5 simply retain more filth. We're interested in seeing whether it's worth anything or if it's just an interesting addition to our accidental collection.
I was wondering if it could have been a minting mistake, somebody grabbed the 5 die instead of the 9 at the mint. Why would someone make such a detailed and beautiful counterfeit coin and muck up the date, or take a 1900 coin and change it to such a ludicrous date. Who stands to gain? In any case we don't mind if it's not worth anything, it's a pretty part of our collection and has a story.Reply
This coin is heavily counterfeited. I imagine the crooks intend to sell the fakes to unsuspecting tourists. There is an interesting twist to counterfeiting this coin at the bottom of our page on them, here:Reply