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France Indo China Piastre, 10, 20, 50 Cents (Fakes are possible) 1885 to 1946
I don't know where Miss Liberty's tail came from, but it sure is hard to ignore! See below for more information on Liberty's tail.
At first we told Michael that his counterfeit coin is worth zero. This may not be totally correct. Coin collectors have long collected fakes as a part of the hobby known as 'the black cabinet.' Some numismatic slabbing companies are starting to slab fakes, as reference coins. So there may be some actual value to Michael's piece. For sure, it is a good conversation item. Put it on the coffee table and see what happens when guests arrive! CoinQuest thanks Michael for use of his coin photo.
Now, about Miss Liberty's tail, a sharp-eyed reader wrote to CoinQuest and pointed out that it is not a tail at all. Close inspection reveals it is an anchor propped up behind her. I'm glad ...
Coin: 2412 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: william ashley, Sat, 26-Dec-2009 10:49:49 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 05-May-2013 20:12:42 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Apprasial ok. Use the current value of silver., Thu, 26-Feb-2015 02:44:50 GMT
Requester description: 1930 Lady that looks like statue of liberty sitting down holding something in right hand woman has a tail. The front has that device and says repcblique. On the back has a picture similar to a wheat mark and says indo-chine francaise. Titre 0,680 poids 2gr.7. In the middle on the back it says 10 cent. And underneath the 10 cent has a little tiny a.
Tags: france indo china piastre 10 20 50 cents cent fakes counterfeit gaul francaises francais french rf francaise francie franciaise franciase fance francai fran fracaise shinese chin chine chian chinese chineese peny pennys pennies penny replica counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery lady woman statue liberty sitting sit down hand tail front repcblique republic wheat mark titre poids gr 2 7 empress lsdy femal women female feminine womans girls females womens ladys princess girl ladies sits tailed tails repub repbulique republik repuika republ republicas republicia reipvblicae repubblica reublico republiove republiek repvbliqve republica republique rupublica repvbblica republika replucique rebublique repvblica replublica republicans republka repvblique repbublic wheatie weat wheats deutschemark marke dutchemark markt deuchmark marks marc marck spike spiked spikes anchor wreath greenery wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths
I have an 1896 piaster coin could mine be gold? - mike
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just found in excel condition-republique franciase 1897 rear-indochine francaise titre 0.900 poids 27 gr -in center 'piastre di commerce'
Where would I find the value of this excellent coin? - stan williams
You can get a coin catalog or read this page. - CoinQuest (Paul)
Why do you only date the piastres to 1922? Did they stop making them out of silver at that time, or is it something else? - Chris
Hi Chris -- Piastres after 1922 use different patterns than the one shown. We only include coins that people request. If you, or anyone else, is looking for a page on post-1922 piastres, please request one. - CoinQuest (Paul)
I have a TITRE 0.680.POIDS5GR.4 I is the 50 CENT, It is dated 1937 very clearly but I didn't see that date on the list. The last 50 cent was 1936. Can you help? Thank you,
Michael Wallen - Michael Wallen
It's possible that you have a fake coin -- the weight and purity that you've stated are those of a 20 cent coin, and I'm not aware of any 1937 50 cent coins that exist in this category. - CoinQuest (Todd)
Hello, I have a 1903 France Indo Chine 20¢ coin. I don't know if it is real because it has 0.680 5GR 4 - Chase
You have a sharp eye, Chase. Your coin must be a fake because genuine 20 cents from 1903 are 0.835 pure silver, so their inscription reads TITRE 0.835 POIDS 5GR4. Too bad. The counterfeiters are out in force these days. - CoinQuest (Paul)
I opened a roll of (US) dollar coins and spotted a silver colored one. Thinking it was a Susan B, Anthony I slid it in my pocket. Turns out to be 1921 20 cent. It's pretty worn and has a hole drilled right next to lady Liberty's crown. Was it common for people to use these as necklace or bracelet adornments? What value reduction due to this condition? Thanks - Big River Pete
In the condition you've described, it's pretty much only worth the silver value at this point. It was very common for people to wear coins as jewelry accessories (or perhaps for sentimental reasons), and is still done today - though not nearly as often. Very cool coin to find that way! - CoinQuest (Todd)
I have a 1823 Piastre. why cant I find any that are that old? Is it counter fit? And if it isn't what is it worth? - Mike
Hi Mike - you're right to be suspicious, as none of these coins were struck before 1885. Here's how I see it. If your coin is cruddy, worn, scratched up and such, there's a good chance that the metal was simply damaged in such a way as to change the '9' in '1923' into what looks like '1823'. But the problem them becomes that there were no such coins struck in 1923 either! There were enough to go around from earlier years, and the production didn't pick up again until 1924. So if this is the case, the '3' would have to be damaged as well. Perhaps it once read '1928' and two of the numbers were damaged? It's a thin possibility, but if your coin is all cruddy and dinged up as I suggested, it's very real. Now, the second possibility is, as you suggest yourself, that the coin could be counterfeit. If so, I'd expect it to be underweight, have a porous surface, and maybe even be attracted to a magnet. If you would like us to have a look at your coin, there's a 'Contact' link on the top right of the 'Home' page of CoinQuest that you can get used to start an email exchange. - CoinQuest (Chris)