Fore note on fakes:
I recall a collector once writing that if he knew which were fakes in his collection he would be able to point them out. He further confessed that he probably had about 5-10% in his collection.
With modern foundry processes able to imitate old techniques and fake patinas it is getting harder to tell very good fakes from those coins that have a genuine pedigree.† Fantasy coins, those that never were produced for the time period attributed, are easier to sift out. Charms and amulets are a group unto themselves.
Get acquainted with good literature and reputable dealers as they will help to sift out fakes, though some will always end in a collection. Lars Bo Christensenís site has a good list of dealers and those to avoid (scroll down his page on eBay dealers for those selling fakes).
Do read my small article on Corrosion and UN-refining† (What happens to ancient† metal as it ages?) as it helps clarify the real patination process.
All links were working January 2008.
These have been the dealers that helped me build the personal collection I have.
Jeff Young email (excellent dealer in antiquities and coins, *serious buyers only*)
These are educational coin sites Iíve enjoyed.
Sites of interest:
These are sites Iíve browsed and learned much of China, its peoples, history and language.
All were found by internet surfing. Any one could lead to more.
Language and writing tools.
Culture and History
Chinese Films Iíve enjoyed (Just a few)
Other far east films I liked