I need help identifying this coin please

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Beardigger, Jan 16, 2022.

  1. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    I have no idea where to start to ID this coin(?). Any help would be appreciated !Thamks!

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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 U.S Casual Collector / Error Collector

    Looks foreign? JMO:) I hope this helps:rolleyes:
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  4. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    LOL! Yes that's a BIG help Sal! LOL
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  6. derkerlegand

    derkerlegand Well-Known Member

    I doubt it's authenticity.
  7. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's a real. It's not silver and not gold. In that case it would be termed a Malavedis. Details are too mushy to pin it down from my research so far. It's bee a fun and educational search so far.
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  8. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    I say fake the shield has no details, mushy lettering and if it isnt silver...well sorry
  9. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    I agree. Too mushy to pin down any sort of ID with any certainty. Learned a lot researching it though. not silver OR gold. Interesting to me anyway.
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  10. Blasty

    Blasty Gold Member

    This looks like a cast souvenir coin made to mimic an old spanish coin, though usually those are marked "copy" to avoid them being used for deception.

    Mushy detail and porous appearance are characteristics of cast coins, as is a seem running around the edge if it has not been filed off.
  11. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    You got that right, it is interesting. I would wait for the more experienced to chime in. I don't have a clue, but I like it. Good luck.
  12. CaptHenway

    CaptHenway Survivor

    This was part of an assortment of replica coins sold through museum gift shops in the late 1960's and early 1970's. I used to have several different ones in my reference collection. They came with a printed "certificate" about six inches high and two inches wide, all enclosed in a flimsy plastic sleeve. The "certificate" identified them as a reproduction, but when they were removed from the sleeve the identification was lost. Yet another reason that the Hobby Protection Act of 1973 was passed.
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  13. talerman

    talerman Well-Known Member

    The obverse arms (crowned shield with qtrd. arms of Castile (castle) & Leon(lion) qtrd. and Aragon (vertical bars) & Sicily (vertical bars with 2 eagles) qtrd. with at bottom ente en point Granada (pomegranate)and the reverse (bundle of 6 arrows and yoke) are similar to various coins struck by Fernando V de Aragón & Isabel I de Castile, the Catholic Kings of Spain, in the period 1497-1504, such as the real below.

    The obverse legend - in Gothic script - should read something like FERNANDVS: hET: ELISABET.:DEI: and, from what I can see, that looks possible on your coin. However, the reverse should read something like REX: ET: REGINA: CAST: LEGIO (= Leon): ARGO: SI (cily), which, from what I can see, seems different on your coin. The lettering looks a little odd, although I am not an expert on the varieties of Gothic script.

    What is the diameter and what is the weight ? And, most important, does it look like silver or something else ?

    Spain Fernando & Isabel Real nd 1497-1504 Cuenca obv 376.jpg Spain Fernando & Isabel Real nd 1497-1504 Cuenca rev 379.jpg
  14. Bardolph

    Bardolph Active Member

    It is very clearly an imitation, I wouldn't even call it a reproduction
  15. Philip Mernick

    Philip Mernick New Member

    Similar things were used by British holiday camps in treasure hunts for children. 1960s?
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