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Left:

 

Taiwan 1 yuan (new taiwan dollar), republic year 49 (1960)

 

Right:

 

China 10 cash (province characters obliterated), 1907-1908 (old Chinese 60-year cycle calendar)

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China 10 cash (province characters obliterated), 1907-1908 (old Chinese 60-year cycle calendar)

 

Very good! :ninja:

 

It is a general issue, KM#10.5, which was made in both brass and copper varieties.

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It's me again, one more unidentified coin

 

Left:

 

Taiwan 1 yuan (new taiwan dollar), republic year 70 (1981)

 

This piece is still currently used. Value about US$0.03

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  • 3 months later...

Top row: all Japan, ¥1, Heisei 3 (1991), Showa 31 (1956), Showa 30 (1955)

2nd row: People's Republic of China, 5 Yuan, Japan ¥5 Showa 54 (1979), South Korea 100 Won

3rd row: Japan, ¥10, possibly Showa 31, but very difficult to read the date in this picture

4th row: Muslim country, denomination 2, Muslim country, possibly Syria. Neither picture is clear enough for this non-expert in Muslim coinage to fully ID.

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thank you satootoko

can you recommend any reference book or something for asian coins? is it even possible to identify them not having any knowledge of the language?

 

and thanks for the hints about coins in row 4 - I figured the denomination and year, will try to google some more and will try to get a better picture.

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thanks, just a small correction: it is 10 milliemes, not 5

the year on the second coin is 1964 (1383 by Islamic calendar) - I'm having trouble finding pictures of Pakistan rupee of this year...

slightly better picture:

IMG_1592.JPG

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Can you recommend any reference book or something for asian coins?
The only English language reference I am aware of with detailed information on coins from various Asian countries is the Standared Catalog of World Coins ("Krause"), an encyclopedic collection of large city telephone book-sized volumes covering each century from the 17th through 21st. There are one volume world coin catalogs, but their coverage detail is minimal.
is it even possible to identify them not having any knowledge of the language?
Yes, with a little practice, aided by review of the Krause "Instant Identifier" pages, and perusal of the various country listings. Some (e.g. Israel, Nepal) are recognizable by their unique script. Others (e.g. the various Chinese regimes) are identifiable by design characteristics and recurring legends. Still others (e.g. Japan's chrysanthemum, Thailand's bespectacled King) frequently have specific design elements.

 

Fundamentally, as with most aspects of numismatics, review of hundreds, no thousands, of coins in hand or by picture, is the cornerstone of ID knowledge.

 

BTW new Krause volumes are pricey, but your neighborhood public library probably has at least some volumes, and can obtain others on inter-library loan at your request.

 

Also, older ones frequently appear at bargain prices on Amazon, EBay, and other used book sellers. Except for coverage of new coinage (usually trailing by a few years) in the 21st Century volume, the primary difference between publication years is the (usually outdated or inaccurate) pricing information.

 

There is an on-line version, but not only is it pricey, IMHO it's considerably harder to navigate than the books when you don't know what you are looking for.

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