Counterfeit Dollar, China, Formosa, 1235-1237

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Description (Brief)
One (1) counterfeit dollar coin, Tao Kuang
China, Formosa, 1235-1237 (1837 counterfeit)
Obverse Image: Bust of the Genius of Longevity with four words on the breast, on left and right are seal characters with Buddhist Swastika.
Obverse Text: Romanization: KU / P'ING / CH'I / ERH / HSU / WEN / YIN / PING / TAO / KUANG / NIEN / CHU (Translation: Seven Mace and two candereens, silver cake of the standard purity (or sycee) cast in the time of Tao Kuang.)
Reverse Image: Vase enclosed by four Manchu characters, above and below is Taiwanese transcript of the Chinese name for Formosa, where the coin was cast; two characters to the left.
Reverse Text: Romanization: ? ? / ? / KIYAKI / K'U (Translation: local name in Formosa, Treasury)
Currently not on view
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Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 1 mm x 41 mm; 1/32 in x 1 5/8 in
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Credit Line
Bequest of George B. Glover
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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