We all have a plated fourees or two in our collections. In another posting today I wrote a reply mentioning fourees that I realized might need its own thread. I have often wondered what happened to these coins once it was realized that they were not solid silver (or gold in a few instances). From the appearance of wear, some of these coins must have been in circulation some time before being withdrawn. Look at the three fourees from my own collection. The Ptolemaic tetradrachma of Ptolemy I has little silver plating remaining but shows wear, some of which may have happened after the plating was discovered. At 14.6 grams it is also noticeably lighter than the Attic standard tetradrachma of ca. 17 grams which Ptolemy I first employed. The Corinthian colt (actually Corinthian colony of Therion) shows where some of the plating has flaked off above Athena's helmet and a big chunk has flaked off below Pegasus. At 6.8 grams it is also light. The Roman denarius of Augustus may be a fouree but I am not sure. It is light at 3.0 grams and there are two spots that may be from bits of silver flaking off, one just in front of the chin of Augustus, the other a somewhat larger one in the middle of the shield which seem to show copper beneath. Anyway my question that I would like to raise is this. Are there any studies or writings that tell what happened to these coins once the purchasing public discovered that their coin was a plated, not sold silver coin? Would they be seized by authorities as unlawful counterfeits? Did they continue in circulation but at a discount? Did money changers accept them or confiscate them? Did the public try to palm off these coins in an evening darkened taberna and then clear out fast? Have the more obviously plated coins ever been found in hoards of good coins? So, as we look at out obviously worn and circulated plated fourees can we surmise what their fate was after it became obvious that they were plated coins?