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  1. Reviving an old thread. Found this tribute struck by a Japanese private mint




    Struck in 2000, mintage of just 1000. I guess this is the best I could get to the real thing.


    I still find it intriguing that the Bank of Korea suspects that it was struck in Russia. Who knows - history can be interesting :)

  2. Thanks Alex for the explanation! That does make more sense. I don't think we will ever come across the truth of why this fascinating series got cancelled.


    I did spend a bit too much on other coins and this did tip the edge - I shall behave for the rest of the year. :) I don't think I'll come across anything scarcer any time soon that is within affordable range.


  3. You know I find it fascinating that this coin is supposedly a pattern yet is similar to the 1724 1 kopek. On top of it, the amount of varieties make it more interesting! 

    It looks like my example is heavily circulated which made me wonder if this is a pattern coin or just accidentally released to circulation. 

  4. This is one of the coins that I have been hunting for years. Prices of many Chinese coins have escalated and even in the last couple of years, they have gone up quite fast! Have to sell off more duplicates in my collection...


    Now the title "Taiwan" brings a hot political debate of its status - which is NOT the point of discussion. Instead I'll like to show a couple of historical coinage.


    Taiwan was part of China until it was conceded to the Japanese (Treaty of Shimonoseki) during the late Qing dynasty in 1894-1895 (First Sino-Japanese war). Prior to this, there are some interesting numismatic coinage.


    This is an early Taiwan province coin issued around KangXi era (~1667) and this is part of the poem series, issued by various provinces. This is one of the harder coins to find of this series. Note this has the character "Tai" of Taiwan.




    In 1838-1850s, due to a shortage of silver coins, a batch of "Old Man" dollar coins were issued. These were often heavily chopmarked and are very scarce in ANY condition - easily a 4-5 figure coin. 




    The last coin can be challenging but more doable is a silver 7.2 candareens coin issued around 1893-94 before Taiwan got conceded to the Japanese.




    Mine is scratched but I'm happy - this particular coin has been skyrocketing for the last few years.


    The first coin after Taiwan called herself "Republic of China" is this




    Note the text reads "Taiwan province" in the middle of the island.


    History is interesting isn't it?






  5. Wow this goes back a while back! Was scrolling through an auction site and saw this which reminded me of what I had.


    Found something very similar that shows this, instead a silver pattern







    The original 1 ruble coin is struck in nickel copper (high resolution photo available)




    I still think what I have is likely to be a scarce pattern / prototype.


  6. Just thought I'll compile the $2 coins that I pulled from circulation. I forgot to take photos of the 2016 decimal coinage and 2019 invitus games. I'm sure I found a Borobi the other day - probably lying around somewhere.

    My personal 2 favorite coins are these:



    Rest of the coins can be seen here.


    Feel free to share your pictures!

  7. Been way backlogged in cataloging. This is one of the more interesting ones. Xinjiang has been on the news, mostly for negative reasons.

    Xinjiang seems to be a rather exotic place to me. Coins issued in the early 1900s had inscriptions in both Chinese and Arabic which I wished I could read.  

    Coin of interest is this:


    Poorly struck but a better image can be seen here:


    No year on this coin unless it's written in Arabic. I'm suspecting it was issued around 1910 - 1920s.

    I would love to know what the Arabic text is. The Chinese text I believe is

    中華民國 銅錢 - Republic of China Copper Money

    當紅錢十文 - Copper 10 cash
    新疆喀造 - Struck in Xinjiang Kashgar

    The interesting part of this coin is if you rotate it around at a right angle, it reveals this


    The characters of "中" & "民" can be seen.

    A better quality can be seen here:


    A likely candidate of the original host could be this:


    or this


    Catalog value of this coin may not seem to be high but trust me, this does not appear in the market often. On top of this, all the examples that I have seen does not seem to suggest that this is an overstruck example. The only overstruck Xinjiang example that I am aware is the Uighurstan 20 cash over Xinjiang 10 cash.

    Some thoughts on this or some reference book I should be getting?

  8. I'm quite intrigued. Did some reading and gave it some thought.

    Let's leave the origins of the mint aside for the time being. The reference that I used is from Uzdenikov - the book that ViFi has shown.


    I'm only looking at Elizabeth I from 1755 - from the first overstriking event.


    Moscow mint has reasonably good mintage from 1755. For some reasons records are missing for 1760 and  1761

    St Petersburg mint also shows some interesting data. From 1755 to 1759, gold coins have been regularly produced and all of a sudden, this stopped in 1760 and 1761. This recommenced in 1762. Silver coin production also took a hit of about 50% production loss. There are no records of copper coins struck in 1760 and 1761.

    Ekaterinburg Mint doesn't seem to be affected for that couple of years.


    The only explanation that I could see is the seven year war Russia had against Prussia. As any wars are involved, this most likely affects the production of coins. I think this warrants an investigation if production of coins are authorized - it just seems something is not quite adding up.


    I'm sure this may spark up some interesting discussion like what we had before :)


    That said, I have yet to buy your book, extant4cell! Shame on me.



  9. Kind of hard to tell from the picture - the embossing seems to be unusually shallow compared to coins struck from that era. It could just be from the photos.


    It's understandable that since genuine examples are sold for several thousands of dollars, most people are rightfully cautious. The more documentations that you can find, the more it will help to support.


    I don't think anyone here has ever handled genuine example, much less seen one in person!

  10. Was looking up about the 1859 ruble and found that there are two different varieties - convex and normal coinage. The convex type is apparently scarcer.

    Looked up on m-dv.ru and found it hard to tell the differences. Maybe it's easier to tell on hand...? Any tips to tell the differences?




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