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Offline CameronK

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Imperial Russia - 1/2 Kopek - Silver Wash
« on: June 27, 2019, 04:43:23 AM »
Years ago, I came across 2, 1/2 kopeki pieces which had a silver wash to them. I was wondering if anyone might know if this was a known practice, say, for counterfeiting as the coins are similar in size to the 10 kopek piece (20x your money!!) or it was possibly a one-off for jewelry or some other reason. I'll post pictures soon. Thanks for the opinions!

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Re: Imperial Russia - 1/2 Kopek - Silver Wash
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2019, 03:48:05 AM »
Here's an image of the better preserved of the two.

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Re: Imperial Russia - 1/2 Kopek - Silver Wash
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2019, 04:21:13 AM »
Wonderful coins.  Not something you'd find in Texas :-)
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Re: Imperial Russia - 1/2 Kopek - Silver Wash
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2019, 09:59:18 AM »
I have not heard of such coins (silver wash).
The original was minted from copper in large quantities (1.64 gr, 16.3 mm).
Photo from Raritetus.ru
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Re: Imperial Russia - 1/2 Kopek - Silver Wash
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2019, 06:06:31 PM »
Thank you Gusev and Gpimper for the comments and information! Yes, they are very attractive coins!

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Re: Imperial Russia - 1/2 Kopek - Silver Wash
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2019, 11:01:34 PM »
In normal circumstances, bronze/coppers are silvered for two principal reasons:
  • A white lie: to be used as expensive-looking jewellery. In view of the grade and lack of evidence of holes or clamps not too likely.
  • A black lie: to be used after dark as a silver coin of about the same size.
Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.