Old Chinese/Japanese coin?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by potty dollar 1878, Aug 3, 2021.

  1. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Found this in a box of crap we picked up from the road.It doesn't look modern to me my guess is just an old cash coin but surprise me!!!.I know nothing really past U.S coins.Not sure if i posted in the right forum,all and any help is welcome. 20210803_230414_3.jpg 20210803_231041.jpg
     
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  3. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Looks like a Chinese Ching dynasty coin.
    Yongzheng era, 1722-1735 AD.
     
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  4. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Second pic is upside down :)
     
  5. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    I see coins like that on eBay, but have no idea how to tell if they're real. Prices suggest they're not.
     
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  6. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    is Qing the same as Ching?
     
  7. derkerlegand

    derkerlegand Well-Known Member

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  9. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    You are right. I think I looked at the Calgary Coin website, which uses "Ching" instead of "Qing". Same.
     
  10. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    I think so. One the other hand, I recall reading somewhere that coins minted during the Yongzheng era (i.e. the OP coin) is comparatively rare among all other Qing emperors.
     
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  11. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    It would seem so. Ancient Chinese coin hoards have been found in large numbers and individual hoards are sometimes measured not by number of coins, but in kilograms and even tons.

    This is a picture of a hoard of Northern Song coins from the 10th century. It contained some 3 tons of coins

    Screenshot 2021-08-04 at 07.28.54.png

    Another (?) hoard containing 1000 year old coins weighed over 5 tons:

    https://www.numismaticnews.net/world-coins/chinese-coin-hoard-weighs-tons


    I didn't read the details, but this hoard seemed to have contained some 10 tons of 2000 year old coins:

    https://www.numismaticnews.net/world-coins/details-of-chinese-coin-hoard-published

    I would expect if 2 million coins come to the market, individual coins would only be worth a few dollars, despite being more than 2000 years old:

    https://coinweek.com/coins/treasure-2/millions-of-ancient-chinese-copper-coins-discovered/
     
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  12. yakpoo

    yakpoo Member

    Wow!
     
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  13. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    "Wow", indeed.
     
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