Authenticity check.

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Swervo513, Mar 29, 2023.

  1. Swervo513

    Swervo513 Well-Known Member

    Hi all. I recently had some trouble with a local pawn shop who sold me a coin that was fake. I am now wondering if some other coins I bought there were fake. Can you guys verify the authenticity of this Austrian Ducat. It has a substantial rim ding that allowed me to get the coin below melt.

    Thank you for looking.

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  3. Evan Saltis

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    These ducats are common restrikes
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  4. Evan Saltis

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    Check this article out:

    It appears that as of 2018, 53 million were struck with this date. Yours may be from the 50s... or it may be from 1990. No way to tell.
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  5. Swervo513

    Swervo513 Well-Known Member

    I really just want to know if it’s real gold
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  6. Evan Saltis

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    Yes, it appears to be.

    I don't see why someone would fake it.

    Best test would me XRF or sigma or whatever they call it. But, taking a shaving and using a gold testing kit would work too.
  7. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Your best bet is to take it to a jeweler or coin shop and have them test it, may cost you $5 but it's worth it to know! The coin is a common restrike but whether it's real or not, I just can't tell from a pic. I mean it looks right but since you bought a fake there before, best to have it tested!
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2023
  8. ddddd

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    I once had a fake. It was part of a mixed lot on eBay that went low (around $10) and I could make out a blurry looking gold Ducat restrike. I figured the chances were low that it was real gold but felt like the small dollar gamble was worth it. When I got it in hand, the weight and details were off. Just in case I did send it to a person I knew who could test gold and he verified it was just base metal.
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  9. Evan Saltis

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    Interesting, first time I have heard of such a thing!!
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  11. ddddd

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    It is a $200+ item just in terms of gold value, so it makes sense that someone would try to counterfeit them.
  12. Mountain Man

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    Good luck, and let us know the outcome.
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