Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Daniel Jones, May 22, 2020.
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Judging by your question, I'm not sure that's the case.
Buying from a reputable, long-time dealer is going to improve the odds of buying a genuine piece.
However, if you can't tell a fake from a genuine, you should probably stick to pieces certified by a top TPG.
Show us pictures of your new purchase, and we can give you better information.
The link is ebay.com/itm/283880917394?ul_noapp=true
I do have some knowledge of how genuine examples look, but some fakes are difficult for me to identify.
Before you fall in love with it, I'll tell you that it is a counterfeit. A collector put it up one night in our club auction. I flagged it and pointed out the problems to him (bubbley surfaces, chucks of metal indicative of a cast). He gave it to me to help combat the counterfeit problem.
Here is another counterfeit of a 4 reale (a very scarce coin) that is more deceptive. I call it the "leaning pillar" variety.
If you don't your coins, you can get stuck with fakes like this.
Here is a genuine 4 reale coin.
This one is in a SEGS certification holder. It has been dipped.
Thank you for your post. I really like the look of both coins, the 1761 and 1763. I would LUUUV to own either, but finding coins like those seems real difficult, even on ebay.
I do recognize those fake features. In fact, I had to report one fake 1770 pillar dollar at eBay for having the wrong diagnostics, the little crown above the left pillar was the old style royal crown instead of the newer style imperial crown from Mexico city.
Thank you for your observation/analysis. I agree with you 100%. The surface looks slightly damaged possibly from over heating and the coin was apparently cleaned, but still appears authentic to me. I would REEEEEALLY LUUUV to find a truly decent example like the 2 johnmilton displayed, but I have yet to find any like that despite searching through around 200 or so examples so far.
Thank you for your helpful link. The weight issue for many of these early Spanish 8 reales seems inconsistent. I had a few dealers tell me their tolerance can be off as much as 1.1 gram and still be authentic. Are they lying? Ignorant of the facts? Or, do they know something I don't? I don't know, but I am still researching and learning about these coins.
I have owned the 1763 example for more than 20 years, and I bought the SEGS piece at a major show probably 15 years ago. I have not been in the market for the dollars in a while although I have purchased the factional pieces in more recent years.
The Pillar Dollars are not rare. You should be able to find something that pleases you. If I see
BEAUTIFULLLLL!!!!! The original toning and eye appeal looks fabulous! Also, the fields appear to be nearly blemish free. I saw another 1766 pillar dollar identical to yours at another coin talk site. In fact, I wonder if you are the one who posted this same coin at that other site about a discussion 5 years ago regarding a 1759 pillar dollar sent to NGC which was sent back to the sender unauthenticated for not being genuine.
I would seriously doubt that tolerances would be that far off. For example tolerance for US dollars was .097 grams. Being off by 1.1 grams would be close to 4% and at that time that would represent a significant sum, especially in quantity. If you could get together back then 100 of them that were that far off, the error would equal about a weeks wages.
Thank you for your insights, Conder101. I just took this coin to a local pawn shop to be weighed (I don't own a gram scale), and it weighs in at 26.84 grams. Does this guarantee authenticity? No, but at least, closer than others I saw.
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