Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Coin Identification

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I found this coin in an estate sale lot and haven't been able to identify it. I'd like to know country of origin and year, as well as denomination.

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Hi Donna,
This is a modern novelty piece. Many simply refer to items of this type as fakes, but it does not copy any existing coin, so therefore it is not technically a counterfeit and does not have a denomination. The design is similar to a couple 19th century Chinese coins. These modern pieces are also made in China for the most part. They are often marketed as "Miao silver", which in reality is a base metal alloy that contains no actual silver.
Thanks for the question! :)

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Dmitry Livshits

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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.

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

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

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