Collect ancient coins to guard against "four traps"

Ancient coins are a large collection and are favored by many Tibetan friends. Collecting and studying ancient coins can penetrate into the history of humanities and realize the fun of tracing the roots. However, under the drive of economic interests, the coin collection market is full of imitations and fakes, causing great losses to Tibetan friends. How to spend money to avoid traps spend less money? With years of experience in collecting, the author reveals the most common "four pitfalls" of ancient coins.

One of the traps: "Non-circulating currency"

“Shanfeng Fengbao”, “Qianlong flourishing age”, “Kangxi heavy treasure”, “Heavenly treasure”, “Taiping heavy treasure”, “Wind and thunder storm”... When you see this word on coins, don’t think you have encountered a rare one. Seeing orphans, this is probably the ancient coin that modern people dreamed of. They are playing the role of a non-monetary currency and are equipped with a lively life experience. The deceptive index is very high.

Mr. Yang had been collecting coins for five years. He had bought a table tennis ball with the size of “Tai Ping Zhong Bao”. At the time, Mr. Yang judged that this might be the copper money of the Tang Dynasty, but he was not sure. The seller saw him have doubts and took the initiative to tell him the origin of this copper coin: This is a non-currency coin, not used as a transaction in the market, but for the town tomb, town house, and town tower. In ancient times, people often used coins to pray for the safety of their homes (including the yin houses). Such non-monetary coins are often found in cemeteries or on construction sites or fields.

Mr. Yang thought it sounded reasonable, but he was afraid that what the seller said was not true. At this time, the seller added that everyone knew that there was a Taiping princess in the Tang Dynasty, and that Taiping was the greatest wish of the people. Therefore, this piece of “Heavenly treasure” was definitely the Tang Dynasty. In the end, Mr. Yang bought this copper coin for a price of 1,000 yuan. He was still very happy and thought that he had obtained rare items.

A few months later, Mr. Yang took this copper coin and exchanged ideas with his Tibetan friends. An experienced collector pointed out that the coins were **, and the above rust was corroded by acidic chemicals. Mr. Yang went to consult with a friend who was a chemistry teacher in middle school. He finally determined that he was doing the old job.

According to senior currency collectors, ancient non-running coins include money used for rewards, gifts, and decorations, money to place in the treasury to pray for auspicious towns, rewards for the emperor’s rewards, and so on. The above words are different from the circulation currency, but it is not entirely unlawful. People who are just interested in coin collections have no systematic knowledge of ancient coins. Counterfeiters spotted this loophole and created so-called "non-circulating currency." For Tibetan friends, one way to judge the authenticity is to see if the money's patina is natural, and whether the rust and external carious parts are artificial.

The second trap: counterfeiting the "five patriotic money"

The so-called “five emperors’ money” refers to the coins of the five emperors of the Qing Dynasty of Shunzhi, Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, and Jiaqing. Because the amount of coins kept by the five emperors during this period was relatively large, they were relatively common in the market, so Tibetan friends stated that For the "five emperors money." There is also a saying in the civil society that the copper coins of the five emperors can be put together to ward off evil spirits.

Mr. Xu, a Tibetan friend, often used Taobao at flower and bird markets, antique streets, etc. He discovered that copper coins of the Qing Dynasty were very common and they were mainly “five emperors’ money”. Copper coins are sold well, the price is quite cheap, often more than ten dollars, tens of dollars can buy one. Mr. Xu said that he wanted to buy the “five emperors’ money” and then asked people to arrange the hydrangea-like things and hang them at home or in the car to play a role in warding off evil spirits. Mr. Xu found that it was not difficult to collect the five coins and soon he had a “Five Emperors Money” ornament.

After meeting with friends, please ask Mr. Xu for help. So, every weekend, Mr. Xu will go to the market early in the morning. Once, when Mr. Xu saw an old stall vendor on a stall, he took out a plastic bag and put 20 coins from the inside, and then threw the remaining coins and bags together to the people next door, and said "A new arrival, how much do you want to choose?" Mr. Xu feels very strange, the owner will have so much copper? He bought a few coins of the Qing Dynasty at the booth to consult experts. Only then did he know that they were fakes.

The Qing Dynasty coin market is very common, especially the "five emperors", the market price is not high, but the vast majority are fake. Before the Tibetan friends go to Taobao, they should have a certain understanding of the authentic products, such as the catalogues issued through the formal institutions, and remember the detailed features of the authentic products in their hearts. When Taobao carefully compares them. Imitation products are generally made rough, especially the words of coins, and there are great differences between modern replicas and genuine products.

Trap 3: "Foreign Currency"

People who like coins collection, many people are also very interested in foreign coins. In the market, the usual trick of fraudsters is to use fraudulent foreign currency to deceive people.

After Mr. Long retired, in order to find his own spiritual sustenance, he liked the antique collection. On one occasion, Mr. Long saw a copper coin on an antique stall with an invisible pattern printed on it. The stall owner told him that it was an ancient coin of Southeast Asian countries and was very popular in China. The stall owner also took out a few foreign copper and silver coins from the bag, which Mr. Long had not seen. The specific country was also unclear. Mr. Long said that he saw from the pattern of the coins, some of the heads had the characteristics of Europeans, and some had Asian faces. In the end, Mr. Long bought a Thai silver coin for $500.

After buying the silver coin, Mr. Long sought a person's identification and hoped that he was really looking for a baby. In the end, a friend told him that it was a Thai coin, but it was not a silver but an ordinary coin. In addition, coins should have years, but they are being swindled by swindlers, so you can't see when they were made. This coin is also worth a few dollars, and it is just a swindler packaged into ancient Thai silver coins.

For Tibetan friends in the country, they should still focus their collections on domestic coins. They are more familiar with each other, and secondly, they can easily find experts who can identify. The ancient coins of foreign countries are not mainstream collections in the domestic collection market. Their collection value is limited. It is not easy to make clear the history of foreign ancient coins. Therefore, the author suggests that Tibetan friends be cautious.

The fourth trap: "Yuan Datou"

In recent years, with the rising investment in the collection of ancient coins, precious metal coins have also been sought after by collectors, and modern gold and silver coins have become a “making money tool” for counterfeiters. According to Mr. Xiao of Tibet, in some old antique markets in the field, counterfeit modern gold and silver coins can even be wholesale.

In June of this year, Mr. Xiao went to Guangzhou. In an antique market, Mr. Xiao saw the “Yuan Datou,” a silver coin of Yuan Shikai’s head, that can be purchased in wholesale. Mr. Xiao said that a few years ago, “Yuan Datou” was not worth the money in the market. First, the price of silver was generally low at that time. Second, the amount of the coin was relatively large, and the market value of a “big head” was only About 100 yuan. Since the second half of last year, Yuan Datou’s worth has doubled. At present, a genuine “Yuan Datou” has priced at least RMB 1,000 in the market. Mr. Xiao found in this antique market, a "Yuan Datou" sells up to 300 yuan, if you want more than 10, each can also be less 20 yuan.

Mr. Shaw asked the store, is such a large number of "Yuan Datou" imitation products? The store owner did not answer directly. He only said, "I don't know either. I only want to sell it." Mr. Xiao tried to buy one and gave it to a local numismatic expert to identify it as a silver-plated high copy. The counterfeiters use the machine-reducing process to first make the "Yuan Datou" mold in accordance with the genuine product, and then mass-produce high imitation products. Because the amount of silver is small, it is not expensive to sell, so as to attract hidden Tibetan friends.

**Gold and silver coins are stamped and stamped by a steel die machine. The coin design is tight and smooth. The pattern, text, and ornamentation are clear. The characters' portraits in the gold and silver coins, eyebrows, beard and eyelids are very detailed and clear. While ** is mostly a sanding process, there are more sand holes on the coin surface, and the layout is rough and the pattern is blurred. Observed under a magnifying glass, the coin has a raised, fine grain. At the same time, Tibetan friends can also use the weight method to identify.

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