Is 1899 Pei Yang 50 Fen fake or real coin ?
Hello, i bought this coin and i want to know if this the real deal and the coin is genuine or its a fake one ?
Coin weight: 13.27 grams
Diameter: 32.8 mm
Thickness: 1.8 mm
+ Explain to me if its real why its real or why its fake, ?
Thank you very much
Hi again! My personal opinion is that the coin MAY BE fake and not genuine... It has an unnatural appearance for a 123 years old coin,too frosty/uncirculated! This,although the coin's weight is good and matches that given by catalogues(3.30g.)... I gave the same answer for a same topic, registered on another site but I don't find it right now. Instead,I send you the screenshot with the opinion of another coin collector,somehow different of mine.
P.S.: Have you done the magnetic test on the coin?! Good silver NEVER STICKS TO A MAGNET! Even if the coin doesn't stick,you cannot yet be 100% sure of its authenticity but this is a good start at what number of fake coins fail!
Trox -- I'm with Andi on this one. I believe it is a fake.
As always, I thank Heritage for letting us use their coin photos. The one I've included here is of a genuine 25 Year of Kuang Hsu.
The crooks in China are so good at making counterfeit coins, you can't go by the pattern or, sometimes, even the weight. But surface quality usually tells the tale.
Buy Chinese coins ONLY from someone you know and trust.
The surfaces of your coin look new. That's bad. According to Heritage, lightly circulated specimens of this coin are basically non-existent.
Here is the auction write-up for my pictured coin.
Heritage World Coin Auctions > Hong Kong Signature Sale 3100 Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 34027
Price realized: 5,750 USD (Approx. 5,653 EUR / 4,791 GBP / 5,594 CHF)
Chihli. Kuang-hsü 50 Cents Year 25 (1899) AU Details (Scratch) PCGS, Pei Yang Arsenal mint, KM-Y72, L&M-455, Kann-197, Shih-C7-17, WS-0625. The key date within the short-lived Chihli 50 Cents series, highly coveted in all conditional states and yet scarcely available above VF. Indeed, across both NGC and PCGS, only a single Mint State piece has been graded, with the next finest being a small group of three AU58's. To date, the nicest we have offered was a VF25, which brought $3600 in our December 2017 HKINF sale. Despite the noted scratch to the left of hsü on the obverse (reverse as holdered) and some minor hairlines, the coin undeniably has only very lightly circulated, champagne luster fully evident over both sides with a satin texture preserved near to the devices.