1865 Maximilian mini gold token

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by eric6794, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. eric6794

    eric6794 Well-Known Member

    Hey all I just wanted to share one of my pick up's from today at LCS.
    It's a 1865 Maximilian token that I believe is real gold that I got for $5. I bought a bunch of Canadian silver off of him and this was in with the silver so I asked how much he said five bucks and said he knows it's a token but he wasn't positive if it was real gold or not but just for the heck of it I got it anyway. I had to do a Essay on Maximilian in high school so it jumped out at me lol. It passed the rare earth magnet test but I cant get a weight because my 1/0 grams scale is broken but the diameter is 11 mm. Gold or not gold I still think it is cool. max1.jpg max2.jpg
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

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  4. eric6794

    eric6794 Well-Known Member

    I do and it was only $5 US. As I said I did a essay on Maximilian in high school so it was a fun find for me and was cheap
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  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I can't get over the fact that the eye looks like lips to me :p
  6. eric6794

    eric6794 Well-Known Member

    i thought so as well lol
  7. eric6794

    eric6794 Well-Known Member

    I know there is slim to no chance of figuring out who made these and when these produced but I would like to know. The LCS guy said he had it for a while in a scrap bin and he couldn't remember where he got it. Probably going to be a mystery forever.
  8. xlrcable

    xlrcable Active Member

    Neil Utberg mentioned these in The Coins of the Republic of Mexico 1823 - 1905:

    This tiny gold medal was struck to honor and commemorate Emperor Maximilian. With a magnifier you will also note a small initial “B” on the medal. This is the initial of Sr. Baron who had the medal struck and is still having them struck.

    It was also struck in silver years ago, but so many people were having them gold plated and passing them off as silver that Sr. Baron stopped the issuing of the silver medals.

    The medals are solid .900 fine gold and normal retail price is $1.25 to $2.00 each. Many people who were not informed have paid much higher prices.
    That was published in 1966. Since then, similar tokens seem to have been manufactured in large numbers, without the “B” and with other minor or major departures from the original design - yours appears to be one of these knockoffs. You sometimes see them listed on eBay as if they were really 1865 pesos, and selling for prices high enough to make you cringe. But for $5 you did fine.
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