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1937 Australian one crown silver

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 Posted 10/10/2009  04:55 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Nic to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I just bought a 1937 Australia one crown coin, knowing its a replica at a very very cheap price, just to study under a microscope.
Now I would like to buy a REAL 1937-38 one crown. I now know what to look for to avoid replicas, but what do I look for to confirm it's a genuine? thank you for the advise

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 Posted 10/10/2009  08:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You now know what to look for to spot those particular types of replicas, but the only way to have confidence in telling fake from fair dinkum is to become very familiar with the genuine article. Lacking that, your best bet is to buy from a trustworthy source.

Just as the best place to buy genuine US coins is to buy from American sellers, the best place to buy Australian coins is from Australian sellers. If you want to go that route, you might want to try starting a thread in the "wanted to buy" section, with a link to this thread. Some of the Aussie members here might be happy to help you out (sorry, I don't have a spare one at the moment). 1937 crowns are typically trading at around AU$25 to $30 each here in Australia.

As for general tests of genuineness, I can only offer the usual list given for any type of coin: weight, magnet, specific gravity, edge, appearance. If they all match, then it's a reasonable chance the coin is genuine; while a fake coin can appear to match all of these, it just isn't worth the counterfeiter's while to do so for a coin with as little numismatic value as the '37 crown.
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 Posted 10/10/2009  09:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks sap! info and detailed comments on estimated price much appreciated. will post both pics when I get a real one, thanks again
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 Posted 11/10/2009  3:35 pm  Show Profile Check Jeff's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Jeff to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
And, Also look out for a 1938 crown too. But being much smaller mintage fetch much higher price -going for arount $120 to $150 on eBay presently.
I am negotiating for an old lot of coins from a deceased estate and mostly nothing special but there is a 1938 crown. If I get the lot I will probably sell off most but....do I keep the crown or sell it

Jeff
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 Posted 11/11/2009  03:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Peter THOMAS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
just a note for SAP: I have a fake 1937 Crown, and very good appearance it is, too.
But, it's magnetic, and only 19 grams.
Apparently, someone thought that they are worth faking ...
Peter, in Darwin
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 Posted 11/11/2009  7:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add latman100 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I used to think they weren't worth faking, not valuable enough, until someone pointed out that in 1937, they were probably worth faking.
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 Posted 11/11/2009  7:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Peter THOMAS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
... in 1939, an Australian soldier was paid 6 shillings per day, same as in 1918.
The rate of pay was increased during WW2, but it gives you an idea.
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 Posted 11/11/2009  9:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
sharing the pics of the 1937 replica obtained equivalent of us$1 for the learning process:
it is silver-plated, I scraped it off at the Rev, it can be magnetized, has no mintmarks, bad overall texture on closeup, a lot of casting small "pimples" and feels greasy to the touch

I now bring a small weak magnet and 10x magnifying glass, whenever attending a coin dealer's fair.





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 Posted 11/16/2009  04:05 am  Show Profile Check Jeff's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Jeff to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have made the deal and a genuine (I am well sure and certainly hope so) 1938 crown has been listed for sale. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...RK:MESELX:IT. I would like to keep it but I am under pressure for spending too much on coins and then not selling many!

Jeff
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