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PCGS Certifies 1903 Fengtien Tael, One of China’s Most Important Coins, During Successful Hong Kong Show

The unique 1903 Fengtien Province Tael, one of the most important silver coins in Chinese numismatic history, was certified by Professional Coin Grading Service during the recent April 2012 Hong Kong International Coin Convention & Antique Watch Fair.

The 1903 “dragon dollar,” graded PCGS Secure Plus™ AU55, was submitted by PCGS Authorized Dealer Chun-Yo-(Stanley) Chou of Fuchin coin company of Taiwan on behalf of an anonymous collector.  It is insured for $5 million.

“We were very pleased to grade the 1903 Fengtien Tael as well as several other important coins during this inaugural event.  We thank the owner of the Tael and Mr. Chou, and look forward to working with collectors and dealers throughout Asia,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

The silver 1903 Tengtien Tael is listed as unique in the authoritative reference book, Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Gold & Silver, by Lin Gwo Ming and Ma Tak Wo.

Previous owners of that historic coin include 19th and early 20th century Chinese bank note researcher and author Eduard Kann, collector Irving Goodman and Chou Chien-Fu, a former President of the Taipei Numismatic Society.

The on-site certification services in Hong Kong were PCGS’ first in Asia  as part of its expanded international services and activities.  Coins are now being accepted by PCGS on an ongoing basis in Asia.

To submit coins to PCGS in Hong Kong, send them by mail or deliver them in person to PCGS Submission Center, c/o Malca Amit Far East Ltd., Tsim Sha Tsui Office, 11/Floor, Room 1101-08, Tower 3, China, Hong Kong City, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, HK.

Coin submission forms, instructions and additional information, including grading fees, are available online in English at and in Chinese at

At the Hong Kong show, Willis and Muriel Eymery, Vice President of International Business Development for PCGS, spoke to many collectors and dealers about the new PCGS Chinese Coins Price Guide.

“The Asian marketing is picking up again, and prices are going up again.  People very excited about our new price guide.  The Hong Kong show was a great success for PCGS, and for Asian collectors and dealers,” Eymery stated.

Professional Coin Grading Service is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).


Certifying coins since 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), a leader in third-party authentication and grading services for high-value collectibles including rare coins, trading cards, tickets, autographs, memorabilia, and stamps.

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  1. i found a coin in my fatherswii trunk after his death. it said fen-tien province one teal. i displayed it for 5 years for its beauty only. my son is a ametuer coin collector said i shoul look it up. fight away i found fantasy sight but coin was only silver tone not solid silver. rare coin shops willing to give me silver value only. is that all this solid silver coin worth why would counterfeiters put such thing on solid silver. can anyone verify or offer advice.

    • With the right coins in terms of size and weight but not magnetic, you have a Gem in your hand!!! Check it out more carfefully!

      • I have one n it sticks to magnet it’s was old looking so I cleaned it with my Avery cloth n it looks really good n shines. Do u think it’s real?

  2. I have both Fen-Tian Silver Dollar Coins and Feng-Tian Silver Dollar Coins in my possession…And other versions…IN the Fall of 2013, I shall post them for auction on Ebay…It is going to be very pricey! For I have no desire to sell but to inform!!!

  3. There are lot of controversial views on the coin image…I would like to know more about its size, weight and susceptability to magnets..Wait till the Fall of 2013, you shall get more answers from my posting on eBay…By the way, I am an Avid Rare Coin Collector for 30+ years!!!

  4. In my view, the pair of A Set of Fen-Tien Silver Dolar Coin w/ A SanVPle Fen-Tien Silver Dollar Coin will be the most pricey Chinese Silver Dollar Coins!! It is even worth more than the 1804 Silver Dollar Coin…For I happen to have both of them!!! I will inform you of their sizes in mm by late October 2013! Stay tuned!

  5. I have a Fen-Tien Province one tael coin. It is silver (not magnetic) Do you have a picture of the reverse side of this coin as the front is the same as the coin above. As it is in chinese, I can’t decipher what is written on the reverse.


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