Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Insider, Sep 28, 2023.
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I agree. I'll bet most chop marks with funny shapes are Chinese.
Is there a place on the Internet to see more characters w/translations?
You can enter characters by drawing them in many Asian online dictionaries.
Here's one for Chinese. Here's one for Japanese.
Unfortunately, if you don't know stroke order or direction you tend not to get good results.
Here's some of the less close matches:
Traditional Chinese characters are a better search choice than simplified.
It's been a long time but I can recall seeing one that was at least similar to that, if not exactly like that. The dots looking like balls on an X-Mas tree is what stuck in my head.
And no, I have no idea what it's supposed to represent other than a specific merchant's identifying mark. Which of course is what they all are supposed to represent.
My very first thought.
Caps lock on? Nope. Anyway there were bubbles trapped on the coin where the cast mold could not fill. That produced hols in the mold leaving a trace on the fake.
It is an "across-the-room" counterfeit. I'll Post some better ones but I cannot image the entire coin. Anyway, unless you are a collector who collects a certain country, a decent fake will go undetected in a complete image and even an advanced collector will miss many. That is how good the fakes are these days! That is why when a member posts a heavily counterfeited coin such as a Pillar dollar or Trade dollar... Some of the time the coins look OK.
At work, I try to scan the entire coin at 20X and higher just to be sure. That goes for OBVIOUSLY GENUINE coins too because I learn what the surface of genuine coins look like at 80X. If authenticators had been using electron microscopes to study the surface of genuine coins in the 1970's, THERE WOULD BE NO DECEPTIVE COUNTERFEITS graded by TPGS's today! AND, we could determine contemporary C/F's from modern fakes.
You cannot sucessfully authenticat a coin unless you know what the genuine should look like and don't trust anyone more knowledgeable about the coins 100%. Consultants have cost some TPGS $$$$$$.
suspecting that it was fairly crude, and could be picked out fairly easy.
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