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07 Jun 2019

Real or Fake Challenge #1: Silver Japanese 1 Yen

Coins-World | Eikyu Tsuho

This post is the first part in a series of challenges designed to improve the knowledge and awareness of fake Japanese coins (both cast and struck) among collectors. The objective is to determine which coins are fake and which coins are real.Post your response in the comments (each coin is marked with a letter in the upper-left corner) and why you think each coin is either real or fake.After some people have responded, I will post the correct answers in the comments. Some of the coins may have problems, which could make them seem fake!


This time we will be looking at a series of "silver" (most of the fakes of Japanese 1 Yen are not actually made of silver) Japanese 1 Yen crown-sized coins. These coins are exceedingly popular with both Asian and Western collectors, which makes them a common target for counterfeiters! Some key distinguishing points between real and fake 1 yen are:

  1. Weight; often, these fakes are not even made of silver, so their weight is not correct
  2. Diameter; the fakes are not as accurately done as the real coins
  3. Denticles; there is often a noticeable "falling off" of denticles into the field (or incomplete, too large or too small denticles)]
  4. Mushy characters or characters that "fall" into the field
  5. Chunky/crude characters; the characters look too thick or not the same style as the official coins (look at genuine coins to see what the characters should look like)
  6. Overly sharp or overly weak details (or both on different parts); if it looks like an iceberg, with some sides very sharp and other sinking below the surface, then its fake

Find better quality pictures at www.eikyutsuho.tk/blog/real-or-fake-1.

Comments

Koinkid

Level 3

Very nice blog.

user_7018

Level 2

Did pretty well. Only one that confused me was A - and I was suspicious of that one and would avoid it unless I saw a better picture or the actual coin. C, B and E looked like Chinese fakes.

Mike

Level 7

It's a crime the U.S. Has been hit very hard. I'm very careful buying a rare coin. I match them up to a slabed coin. I weigh it . It's hard for them to get the different metals right to weigh of the originals.. You get them at shows. So in companies. You must be very careful. I always tell collectors to bring a scale with.them. Look for.details.that don't match uo. There taking our good.money. I never got stuck with a counterfeit I'm very careful will my sellers most have become feiends. I still weigh the and size them. Over seas they have the very same machines as ours we use but they always leave something there. Thanks Pat

Eikyu Tsuho

Level 3

I have added a link to a page with better pictures.

A.J.

Level 4

id say G, A and B look fake. mainly because of their too uncirculated look, and altered designs.

Mokie

Level 6

F and G look like the only real ones to me, The others are either clearly fake or the picture is too grainy to make a determination.

Eikyu Tsuho

Level 3

Thank you for your reply. I am trying to fix the picture quality, but it seems to be an issue with the ANA's automatic resizing (the original pictures are clear). I will add links to better quality pictures soon.

fake(because I have no idea what is or isn't, so I am guessing); A, G, E. Real; B, C, D, F

Eikyu Tsuho

Level 3

Nice try! Take a look again on Sunday evening when I post the answers.

Longstrider

Level 6

O.K. I'll take a wild guess based on my zero knowledge of your coins. FAKES-D-too pretty, F-too evenly toned, A too clean overall, C feels funky.. REAL--E, B, G

Eikyu Tsuho

Level 3

Thank you for you response! All I can say for now is that you are partially correct!

Mike

Level 7

We have a very hard time here telling the difference with our coinage. There trying to crack down but the keep coming in from all over the world. Some coins are more popular than oters. We wind up sending them in. Or bringing them to a dealer. There so good grading companies have a hard time.

Eikyu Tsuho

Level 3

Thank you for you comment. Yes, I agree. That is why I started this series.

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