Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Mark Metzger, Sep 22, 2021.
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How do you get him to hold still?
You kill it, tan its hide, and make something out of its skin.
This. It is not even remotely genuine, but rather a crudely-made counterfeit. But that’s not necessarily bad news. If it is a contemporary counterfeit from the late 18th or early 19th century, it might be worth as much as a real example of the coin it is imitating.
What’s the diameter, Mark?
It’s a cool piece, despite being as fake as the day is long. I would surmise that its very crudeness is a good sign that it’s a contemporary and not a modern fake, though that is mere speculation on my part.
If intended to pass in commerce, it likely would have had a thin wash of silver or tin or mercury or something, to give it a silvery color. Such thin coatings did not always survive, particularly if the “coin” spent any time buried in the ground.
This piece looks to have been struck(?) in brass.
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