• When you click on links to various merchants on this site and make a purchase, this can result in this site earning a commission. Affiliate programs and affiliations include, but are not limited to, the eBay Partner Network.


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Need help identifying my friend's coin

6 posts in this topic

Hello- a friend of mine found a coin while working

at a recycling company and wonders what it is.


I've not seen the coin myself, and only have

what he has told me about it today:


First, he said it could be gold (only because

of the color of it), I doubt he is right about that.


It's not very heavy he says, and is the size of

an American quarter, or a bit larger possibly.


On one side, it has "1000" across the middle

from left to right. Some possible beams of light

or sunlight(?) or something, he said, around

the "1000."


On the other side, a building in the center, and

some small writing along the bottom and also

some writing/numbers along the top. He said

the writing wasn't in English. As he tried to

describe the writing along the top to me:



The number "1", then a "C" shape but pointed

corners, not curved, and crooked, facing upwards

and to the right, then what starts as a "C" shape

but continues with a line straight up. Almost like

an odd shaped "d." Next, what starts as a "V" but

has an upside-down "L" connect to it. Then a "7"

and then a "1"



The number "7", then again the "V" with the upside-

down "L" connected to it. Then a "7", but with a small

line coming out of the left middle of it. Then a "1". Then

what looks like an "upside-down" umbrella or anchor.

Then a "W" shape, that is crooked and facing more off

to the right side.


If from my terrible description above, anyone can tell

me any info at all, I'd greatly appreciate it.


Thanks so much....................

Link to comment
Share on other sites



It's a Chinese cash coin, cast brass, probably 19th Century but possibly earlier or later. Pictures of both sides, at a high enough resolution to permit some enlargement in a photo editing program, would help immensely in pinning it down.


Cash coins were cast in that shape and size for well over a millenium, right into the early 20th Century, in China, Korea, Japan and Annam (present-day Vietnam), by the billions. They can be found in brass, bronze, iron and copper.

Link to comment
Share on other sites