Fen coins were produced at two mints, Shanghai and Shenyang.

Although no mint marks were used to designate the appropriate mint, the reverse (wreath side) design will reveal the mint in which the coin was made. The two master dies used at each mint are slightly different, either intentionally or unintentionally.

The two types are described below.

There are three stalks of rice that make up the wreath design on the left side of the coin.

In the photo above, notice how the wreath’s leftmost stalk, there is a distinctive curled leaf.

Then notice how first grain of rice from the bottom in the middle stalk, almost touches this curled leaf.

Compare the middle stalk of rice in this photo with the one in the photo to the left. In this photo, it is the second grain of rice from the bottom that almost touches the curled leaf on the left.

Here are close-ups of the photos above which should make the description above more clear.

There’s one more distinctive difference in the two types, and probably the most recognizable...

Above are close-ups of the curled leaf on the left stalk. Fen coins from the Shanghai mint have a distinctive and long shaft pointing upward and to the left. Shenyang produced Fen have a very short shaft. (Go back to the first pair of photos above and see if you can spot it.)

Once your eye is trained, you can spot the two types immediately. With practice, you may notice other differences also, but the two noted above are the most obvious.







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