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China Hupeh (Hu-Peh) 5, 10, 20, 50 Cents and 1 Dollar  1894 to 1908
China Hupeh (Hu-Peh) 5, 10, 20, 50 Cents and 1 Dollar 1894 to 1908

These old coins from China are quite interesting. The dragon is one of the favorite patterns. Conversion of the monetary units goes like this:

3.6 candareens = 5 cents
7.2 candareens = 10 cents
1 mace and 4.4 candareens = 20 cents
3 mace and 6 candareens = 50 cents
7 mace and 2 candareens = 1 dollar

The value of these coins is quite high, especially in well preserved condition.

All in all, like many things Chinese, the field of Chinese coin collecting is new and exciting. We have taken our best shot at representative values below, but, counterfeits abound (see below).

5 CENTS (3.6 candareens)
worn: $10
average circulated: $250
well preserved: $400
fully uncirculated: $1000

10 CENTS (7.2 candareens)
worn: $10
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $140

20 CENTS (1 mace and 4.4 candareens)
worn: $10
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated: $120

50 CENTS (3 mace and 6 candareens)
worn: $80
average circulated: $200
well preserved: $650
fully uncirculated: $1400

1 DOLLAR (7 mace and 2 candareens)
worn: $70
average circulated: $150
well preserved: $800
fully uncirculated: $2550

You have to watch out for countefeits on all valuable coins, and coins from China are particularly susceptable to fakes. There is a known fake Hupeh dollar. See it at Forgery Network {Press Here}.

Use our Important Terminology page to convert the catalog values above to actual values.

Coin: 5398 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: david hicks, Thu, 02-Sep-2010 12:41:44 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Wed, 09-Oct-2013 00:42:02 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK, Mon, 02-Sep-2013 13:46:57 GMT
Requester description: Two lions in a shield with crown on top. indeo est spes nostra
.D. GELRIAE 1765
Tags: china hupeh hu hunan peh 5 10 20 50 cents cent 1 dollar nan peny pennys pennies penny doller dol dollars indeo est spes nostra gelriae two lions lion shield crown tiger cougar mace candareens dragon circle ring dragons circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed

Comments

I have one of these coins and have been trying to decipher if it's a fake or real one. I've looked up many different fraudulent ones and it looks more like the real one. What is the main characteristic on this coin for me to prove mine is the real deal? - Jenita
Hello Jenita -- It sounds like you have looked around the web and compared images of genuine and fake coins to your coin. If you have done this, it is a very good step. Many of the fakes have obvious differences from genuine coins, e.g., erroneous inscriptions (see this CoinCommunity thread [Press Here]) or erroneous characters at the 2 and 10 o'clock positions on the dragon side (see the ForgeryNetwork entry [Press Here]). To be real, the coin must have natural-looking surfaces, not mushy, grainy, shiny, or washed-out, and free of pock marks. The next step, assuming you have an unholdered coin in your possession, is to check the weight. A jeweler's scale should indicate 26.7 grams, plus or minus a few 0.1 grams. If the weight is off, it's a fake. The coin is common enough that these three methods (correct pattern, good surfaces, and correct weight) are enough to make the coin valuable. To be completely sure, you have to spend money for professional authentication. If your coin is in excellent condition, with a catalog value exceeping $500, consider sending it to PCGS, NGC, ICG, or ANACS. These services will tell you if the coin is genuine. Look them up on the Internet. Do not use other services. - CoinQuest (Paul)

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