SCOTT SEMANS WORLD COINS
Tseng's Spirit and Culture of Taiwan Coinage    (108)


This is a limited printing work in Chinese by Dr. Che-lu Tseng of Winnimac, Indiana, who grew up in Taiwan. It is both a detailed monetary history and a catalog of Taiwanese coinage and banknotes featuring excellent illustrations, often in color. It is aimed both at collectors and the ordinary Taiwanese reader seeking an appreciation of money use and money forms.. Although with some English captions, it is entirely in Chinese. The main usefulness of this reference to non-readers of Chinese is in identifying Dollar forgeries. Included are reproductions, directly from the auction catalogs, of all fake Taiwan dollars offered in major auctions from 1985. The author has provided the folowing information:

p.1   Taiwan was a center of trade, particularly between the Philippines and Japan. The Spanish and other coins shown here all circulated widely on Taiwan

p.10   The Dutch had a settlement in the south of Taiwan (see p.). They taught the aboriginal Taiwanese to read and write.

P20   First photo. Foreign coins were often melted and assayed, and the discovery was made that certain of the late Spaish dollars assayed at .850 rather than .900. The "G" in the assayers initials was called a "fish-hook" and served to distinguish these low-fineness dollars.

p.21   A Taiwanese drawing of a British counterstamped Spanish dollar explaining that such a piece was difficult to conterfeit, so counterstamped pieces were most likely proper silver.

p.23   This type of counterstamped dollar was associated with a British merchant who bought Taiwanese tea.

p.127   Chapter on forgeries of the Old Man Dollar. All illustrations in this chapter except the first piece on p.129 are fakes.

P.129   One forger of Old Man dollars emigrated from Taiwan to New York City in the 1950's(?) and was interviewed by the author. A characteristic of his forgeries is the LACK of dots on either side of the head. Another characteristic is the prominent "reeding" on the face of the coin from about 3:00 continuously to about 11:00. The first illustration here shows a genuine piece for comparison. The other coins in the chapter are forgeries drawn from major auction offerings.

p.135   Chapter on forgeries of the Ration Dollar. All illustrations here are of forgeries except p.137 which are geuine. The Money Co. lot 893 specimen was used by Henry Chang in The silver dollars and Taels of China and in the first edition of Lin Gwo Ming's Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Gold & Silver Coins, but not in later editions.

p.139   A is good, B and C are fake. All other illustrations in this chapter are of forgeries from major auctions.

p.142   Chapter on the later type of Old Man Dollar

p.147   At top a genuine example. Second photo, and the rubbing on p. 146 are of a recent forgery that has appeared in auctions. Bottom two specimens are genuine.

p.151   Both specimens genuine.

Aside from items mentioned above, all illustrations are of genuine examples.


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