I have tried to find information on this token without any success.
Its size is between a Presidential dollar and a half dollar,
measuring approximately 28.6 millimeters. I believe it has a brass
composition and weighs 10.6 grams.
It has the design of a 1944 Washington quarter dollar, with $20
under the eagle design on the reverse. It may at one time have had
some edge lettering but it is illegible.
My guess is it that this is some kind of American gambling token
but I cannot find any information about it.
Help identifying it would be greatly appreciated.
From the photograph provided, we suspect that it might be an early
Chinese counterfeit coin rather than a gaming token.
When Chinese counterfeits of U.S. coins started popping up, little
care and attention seemed to be placed on making sure design details
Coin World reviewed the book Medallic Portraits of Washington by
Russell Rulau and George J. Fuld, and did not see anything that looked
similar to your find.
Both sides of the pictured piece have fairly crude renderings of
the designs used of the portrait of George Washington on the obverse
and the eagle on the reverse.
The George Washington quarter dollar was first introduced in 1932
and a modification of the original obverse design continues in use on
the present quarter dollar.
That design was originally created by New York sculptor John Flanagan.
This piece has a 1944 date, which is not a key date for the series.
On the reverse, the eagle looks sharply different from the eagle
on an authentic quarter dollar, but other modifications of the design,
the $20 within the wreath area and the changing of QUARTER DOLLAR to
TWENTY DOLLAR, are most noticeable.
An authentic quarter dollar from 1944 would be composed of .900
silver, .100 copper, and have a weight of 6.25 grams. The diameter of
a quarter dollar is 24.3 millimeters. Authentic quarters also have a
Obviously, significant variance is found between an authentic
piece and the item you found.
Coin World has seen other examples of counterfeit coins utilizing
the George Washington quarter dollar design. One example has a similar
design on both sides, but has an 1865 date (not possible), and a ONE
DOLLAR inscription on the reverse.
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