Hello everyone. I hope you all had an awesome Holiday(s). A few days ago I was at my mom's house, and she had some of her antique's and jewelry on her table to take to her store. There was a coin on the table, in a flap, so I picked it up and was like "hey, what the heck is that...why are you selling a coin?" and she was like "well....I don't think it is worth anything your Papa had that for like 6o years..." so I was like "Ok...let me research it and see what the deal is" and that is where I stand. Here is what I do know.
1. This appears to be an early Republic of China 1916-1917 Tang Jiyao silver commemorative.
2. It is from the Yunnan province.
3. They seem to be well desired, especially hot in the Chinese market.
4. I found a few of these (sold) at a Beijing China auction house for $2-$5K ranging from AU to MS63 (NGC graded).
Okay. So I've also found one counterfeit copy on feebay for like $40...which you can tell is an obvious copy (from the fake dirt) to the seller calling it a copy. This coin has been in the family for decades.
Lostdutchman...if you are reading this I called you today to maybe stop by your store to get your thougts on submission. Perhaps you could look at the scans and tell me what you (all) think. I would be happiest camper.
So here it is.
So any thoughts on grade, year?, anything about this coin would rock. I know who Tang Jiyao is...and he has a super cool history. He made this coin after he rebelled...also was involved (his brother) in opium smuggling. Drugs are bad....mmm K...but sordid Chinese Warlord Generals that make coins are sweet.