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Hi Dmitry

I found you through a web search as you had answered another persons question as to the authenticity of a Kiangnan Silver dollar with unique markings.  I seem to have the same coin which I just acquired in Mongolia from an old Mongolian lady who had it in her house along with a couple Fat Man dollars, a kuang hsu dollar and a couple British trade dollars...all of which are authentic.  I am fairly familiar with the Kiangnan coins so I was intrigued with this unusual design as I have never seen it before.  Did you end up determining if it is indeed a fake?  Thanks in advance for your response.

Hi Wesley,
The coin pictured is indeed a replica, as is evident by inconsistent details most notably the rim denticles and non-silver color and luminosity of the surface). Believe it or not, Asia is the least likely place to find authentic Asian coins, Mongolia included. The majority of them seem to have ended up in the US and Britain, and Asian collectors have just recently begun buying them back home in large numbers.
Thanks for the question! =)

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Dmitry Livshits


My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.


Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

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