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Antique Coins by the-sashimi-frog Antique Coins by the-sashimi-frog
Antique Chinese coins that a vendor had available for sale. (Is that legal?)
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AngusMcTavish Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013

These are so cool!  It's amazing how affordable some of these are, even if they date back a thousand years or so!

 

There is one annual coin show I like to attend, and one vendor has these.  I have to bring a binder with what I've already got, just to make sure I don't pick up duplicates.

 

Then, there's the matter of finding ones from other countries that made them like this.  Japan, Korea, Vietnam...Unless you have references, it's easy to get confused.

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justdeva Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
some antique Chinese coins are very valuable. most real coins on the market were imported many years ago. modern counterfeits are very common.........
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LimeRed-blessthefall Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes it was legal the coins yousee are from a very old dynasty, that had their currency stolen and recenty found by archeologists, those coins are pretty much worth nothing, because there is soooo many of them that were burried.
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That figures.
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Starfish2o Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Lol cool coins! The look old! I have two that look similliar. But I don't know if there the same. Lol luckily there in better condition then the ones in the picture. Btw why is there a string in the coins? I saw on Mulan that chinese people keep there money on strings so i'm just guessing thats why they are there.
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Hideinthedirt Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Ther on a string as a sort of wallet that's why the squares there and so the would notice if it was stolen
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Starfish2o Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ooh ok, that makes sense! Thanks :)
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The Chinese people did keep their money on a string to carry, which is why the string is there. I also have a set of coins that I bought at the airport before leaving Xian--of course, those were polished and nicely framed.
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Starfish2o Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ok I thought so! Lol and I didn't know you could buy coins at an airport! and I also thought polishing coins were bad? Idk but it said in books if you polish or clean coins that it takes away the natural color making it's value go down. Sadly I dd that with all of my coins lol
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I read that as well, which was why I left the coins in their "natural" state. The ones i got at the airport were a decent quality as well, framed and matted within a keepsake box listing the age of the coin and the time it was in use.
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Starfish2o Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow that is soo cool! And informational! Haha. Very nice find.
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GeneralTate Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
there legal
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Dadial Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Nice i got one too [link] :aww:
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, a better question: is it real or imitation?
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
True. I actually bought a few, as well as a legitimate government sanctioned set. It was quite fun to look at all the things they had for sale.
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NightSheep Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Chinese people are true salesmen. They can sale really everything.

I btw got a coin from around 1900 from my grandma before she died in perfectly good shape. I love that coin :D
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Rion-Fan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
I think China's government sells these old coins..I bought some once in a Chinese shop they used to have at a shopping mall in Marion,Illinois but it closed..They seal them in a way similar to our U.S. mint sets on a card board card telling about the coins usage and age but the writing is all in Chinese.
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember reading in a tour book that the government considers it illegal to sell antique coins (non government endorsed sales) and these guys were just selling them out of a box in front of their house. I did buy a legitimate set that had almost all the coins ever issued, way back to the bone/tooth ones, so either way, I paid my debt. (no pun intended)
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RejectedDreams Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
I'd love to get my hands on some of these, not that they're really valuable;but because I want to have something that's centuries old.
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DeeAyAich Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006
All I can say for that peddler is ... Eek! That, and I certainly hope the seller's family owned all those coins, and passed them down for generations!
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Ghostbusterlover Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
We have many sellers in Finland who sells ancient coins. I've bought some. =D
Great photo, by the way!
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
GLad you like them. Old coins are so much fun.
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darkest-of-roses Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2006
Very cool and interesting photo but...why wouldn't that be legal?
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
China has some law about exporting antiquities that date before 1750. Not like anyone would miss a few old coins...or even notice that they were mi ssing! :)
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