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Offline nembiak

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Fake Malay Sultanate Coins
« on: November 05, 2015, 04:05:04 PM »
While modern fakes of Malay Sultanate coins certainly abound in the market, they are usually imitations of the less common and rarer coins.

I was surprised to come across several fake Kelantan 1904 pitis (Saran Singh, SS24) sold by a dealer in Timesquare, Kuala Lumpur as these coins are easily found and are among the cheapest coins to collect.

I purchased one for reference and it is easy to spot due to it's grey-ish tint courtesy of its high lead content. The first two pictures below are authentic pieces while the last is the fake.

Weight: 3.35g Diameter: 21mm

Weight: 3.38g Diameter: 21mm

Weight: 3.87g Diameter: 21.4mm