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Offline Learningcoins

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Replica 1897 coin-How to identify
« on: July 23, 2015, 08:59:00 AM »
Hi All,

I see this coin in fleabay

http://www.ebay.in/itm/1897-QUEEN-VICTORIA-COIN-REPLICA-/271931411859?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item3f50600d93

The seller says it's replica. But how to identify these replicas? I can not find anything obviously wrong here. Photos are from the auction.

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Re: Replica 1897 coin-How to identify
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2015, 09:24:45 AM »
It looks like it might be a contemporary Burmese imitation, in which case it's likely to be the wrong weight and metal (zinc or tin with other metals mixed in to keep them shiny.) These imitations are quite good. They came about by lack of official coin (especially for gambling) and circulated.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: Replica 1897 coin-How to identify
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2015, 10:17:59 AM »
The seller says it's replica. But how to identify these replicas? I can not find anything obviously wrong here. Photos are from the auction.

To start with the weight, the dia, the reeded edge a better high grade picture of the coin should help.

mahe

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Re: Replica 1897 coin-How to identify
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2015, 10:52:17 AM »
I have asked the seller about the weight and dia. I am scared the fakes are getting very good.
I have seen fakes made in Delhi, but usually you can tell very easily that those are fake.

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Re: Replica 1897 coin-How to identify
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2015, 06:51:16 PM »
I got a reply from the seller 'around 11 gram'  :P