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  1. No real value, perhaps a few dollars as a novelty. In the 1960s and 1970s it was very common to encase regular circulation coins (sometimes silver or gold plated) in plastic for use as novelty keychains, penholders, paperweights, and the like.

  2. Nice to see this one again!* :-)

    With Hsien Feng (Xiangfeng in pinyin) cash coins, it's often much easier to find a multiple cash in good shape than a 1 cash in good shape - the majority of the 1 cash are quite poor in weight and quality.

    *I had several duplicates of these about 10-15 years ago that I sold on the BST forums here any years ago.

  3. Frankly I'm concerned that they all look the same - the vast majority of originals were lost in the 30s when China demonetized, and many more in the late 70s during the run up in silver price - almost all of the ones seen today are reproductions made in varying grades of alloy as well as the odd older fake.

    Two pieces that I purchased from a collector of East Asian artifacts who got them in the mid-80s, and whose collection of knives and swords was unquestionable genuine, turned out to be fakes - both turned out to be mostly lead.

  4. Notes have now been released to circulation. I've seen prefixes CDA and CDB thus far, and the sample photos from the Bank of Canada show prefix CDF.

    With a run of 40,000,000, and 10,000,000 notes per prefix, that would mean that there should be one more prefix out there (or two, if there's also one for replacement notes).

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