Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Not Coins but Close

Do you have a non-coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

Fake coins are surprisingly hard to find in your change, I guess the mechanized, computerized, and human filters keeps our change fairly legit. That said i did find a quarter size slug made of aluminum in my change. It fooled someone enough to pass it me as a quarter.

Then on the street which has been stingy to give up anything larger then a dime I found these three cash coins tied with a ribbon. A quick Google search shows them as some sort of Feng Shui good luck charm.
Two quick problems arise.
  • Are they real or replicas?
  • Is this real Feng Shui or just a gimmick?
My knowledge of cash coins is limited and these maybe real but since it looks like every other cast-cash-coin I can't tell(in terms of size, shape, & feel: symbols & patina can be faked real well). I'm assuming fake. My knowledge on Feng Shui is even more limited.


From this Ebay link I see that these maybe-fake-coins can make it that "you will never run out of cash; " and other greatness. Of course as long as the right side is facing up.

These coins along with the slug have no real value although $3.99 seems about right for a never ending cash supply. Currently I'm trying to verify this claim so if I end up with an unlimited supply of money I'll let you know if need to get your own.

The slug can pass certain computerized machines that don't use weight as a criteria of authenticity. I never tried putting it in machine so I can't verify this claim.

Do you have a non-coin and want to know its value? Leave a comment/question and I will do my best to find out the price and history for you.

14 dollars worth, for Comments/Questions click here.:

James UK said...

What a great find! I really like that set of three coins!

Reading your post, I was instantly reminded of the "Hell money" that is burnt in many Chinese cultures.

Over here, it tends to be "older", non-gambling machines that will "take" fake or foreign coins. Gambling machines are a no-no, and reject everything, but our little old coffee machine at my old work would happily take Canadian coins, and any other round metal washers etc.

Since the Euro coins came in, you often get the copper ones in change. Whether or not someone is doing it on purpose is debateable... passing off the odd coin as a 1p sterling one can't be netting anyone that much money! ;-)

Man said...

I saw a documentary where they were burning faking money, paper cars, paper TVs, paper VCRs, and other stuff to take with them in the afterlife. I think it was an Asian funeral it seemed like a neat idea.

Back in the day(1980s)in NYC it was a lucrative business selling slugs for telephones, subways, and parking meters. The city lost millions from slugs until they added some little magnetic thing to stop the fraud.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1898 one cent Canadian Coin. What is it worth?

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Rudy said...

Hey,
How much would you say the Harvey Dent two-face coin is worth? It's a collectible coin that comes with "The Dark Knight" movie.

Man said...

1898 one cent Canadian Coin
About $5.00 in good

Man said...

We have a coin collecting bloggers group and I am trying to get everyone on board! http://www.coinnetwork.com

I'm in.

Man said...

Harvey Dent two-face coin

This is movie memorabilia and hold no numismatic value but I guess as a Batman collectible it's less than $10.00.

Adam Forslund said...

I have a US 10 dollar bill with Connally as Secretary of Treasury not Kennedy. Connally didn't become Secretary until 1971. What gives?? Any point of holding onto my old tens that rate 7 or 8 out of 10??

Man said...

US 10 dollar bill with Connally as Secretary of Treasury not Kennedy. Connally didn't become Secretary until 1971. What gives??

Connally was in office from February 1971 to May 1972. This changed the signature but it was not a design change so the $10 bill change from 1969 to 1969-A.
The A is visible under 1969. Only if the design change is major does the date change since the design is just a signature a letter is added.
1969-B has his signature also because Bañuelos became Treasurer.

The next date change was 1974 so just for $10 bill it went:
1969
1969-A
1969-B
1969-C
1974

Man said...

As for value it averages about $12.50.

Anonymous said...

Thanks...I'll put them back into my draw and pull them out in 50 years.

Anonymous said...

I have a large coin that is the same on the front as an indian head penny the chief with liberty on the band and United States of America around the edge and it is dated 1898. However on the back side is has a picture of a 4 leaf clover, a wishing well, a wishbone and a horse shoe. I would like to know what it is and if it has any value. Would appreciate any help you can give me.

Man said...

large coin that is the same on the front as an indian head penny the chief with liberty on the band and United States of America around the edge and it is dated 1898. However on the back side is has a picture of a 4 leaf clover, a wishing well, a wishbone and a horse shoe.

This is a good luck medal from some war sold as a charm.
They are common and sell from $5 - $15 depending on condition.