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    Chinese Coins Found in Oregon?

    Howdy all, I recently found these coins, along with some square nails and and other junk (a silver ring), at 1915 house along where I believe an old rail like used to run. Spot is on a hillside. Do you think these are costume jewelry, or could they be coins from workers at a possible railroad/logging camp? I've seen replica coins like this, and these very well could be that, but the corrosion on them makes me think they've been in the ground quite a while.
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    The gambling game may have arisen during third and fourth centuries, during the period of the Northern and Southern dynasties. It then spread through southern China during the Qing dynasty. The name fantan dates back only to the mid-nineteenth century. Before that time, fantan was known as yanqian 掩錢 (literally meaning “covering coins”, tanxi 攤 戲, tanqian 攤錢, yiqian 意錢. It was prominent during the Late Qing and Republican period in Canton and the Pearl River Delta region
    After 1850, fantan spread overseas as a side effect of the massive Cantonese emigration. As a rule, in places where a significant number of Cantonese migrants could be found, fantan was also present. [Wikipedia]
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    Two of the coins appear to be 乾隆通宝 qianlong tong bao

    The third coin appears to be 嘉庆通宝 jiaqing tong bao
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    Jan 2009
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    Check these out.

    I once new a gentleman, now passed away, that collected this sort of Chinese coin(?) all I remember is some are common as hens teeth but some can be of value. How much I don’t know. The gentleman was very knowledgeable. So he knew something.
    I checked ebays sold list for chines coins square hole and by far they were low priced but one alone sold for $16, 50 & even one for $300. Being yours were dug, should be worth checking out. Where idk.
    I collect coal & lumber scrip from TN, TX & OH as a general rule they are common, but there are some bring way over $100, when multiple bidders want the same token the bid can far exceed the norm. Every star that used scrip have very rare unknown pieces. So check yours out, never know!
    good find, mike
    hope yours fall in the very rare category, I wouldn’t clean them either.



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