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 Posted 05/01/2015  02:14 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Alex Lockwood to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A few years ago I bought what I thought were two coins of the Emperor Nero. Both are stamped with 'WRL', and I wasn't sure what that meant. So I ran this though the internet. I discovered that the company, Westair Reproductions Ltd, produces replicas for coin dealers and museums. I am now very careful. I ask the seller if I can photograph the coin I'm interested in, so I can research it. They are usually OK with that. Once I am satisfied the coin is kosher, then I agree a purchase price with them.
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 Posted 05/01/2015  07:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pishpash to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome Alex. If you are unsure of a coin, you can always post a picture and ask here.
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 Posted 05/01/2015  07:46 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 05/01/2015  08:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome, Alex.

If you do a forum search for "WRL", you'll see that these indeed turn up quite frequently here on the forum, most often by people who have obtained/inherited one and don't know what it means either.

WRL replicas are usually sold by the museums and tourist shops in little cardboard information folders that (a) make it clear that the coins are replicas and (b) tell the historical background of the coin of which it is a copy. It is only when the coins somehow become separated from their holders that problems arise.

Of course, we've also seen the deliberately deceptive side of things, from people taking pictures of WRL replicas that are just fuzzy enough to not be able to read "WRL" clearly, to pieces where the "WRL" has actually been scratched off or overstamped with something else.
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 Posted 05/02/2015  12:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Topcat7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Alex, Welcome,
Note: WRL (Westair Reproductions Limited) is a reputable Company that does not try to pass off Replica coins as Genuine. Other sellers (of WRL coins), through ignorance or deception have been known to try to pass these coins off as 'Genuine' to the unwary or unsuspecting buyer.
Other manufacturers of Replica coins may include an 'F' (Fake) or an 'R' (Replica) or a 'C' (Copy), somewhere on the coin, where it has no right to be.
Some other manufacturers have other methods of getting around the 'Counterfeiting' laws. Some don't even try.
"Caveat Emptor" ('Buyer Beware') is always the best approach when purchasing coins, and, we've all been there.

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 Posted 05/11/2015  4:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Arminius1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So far I saw these two Neros from WRL:





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 Posted 05/12/2015  05:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tenbobbit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Heres my small collection of replica coins





The only 1 that makes an effort to say it is a replica is the NERO coin by WRL, none of the others have any markings to indicate they are copies
I have another that I havnt identified yet, also devoid of " copy " marks





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 Posted 05/12/2015  06:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a small 'WRL' collection. The collection isn't valuable, but they are fun to collect nevertheless. All have come from dealers' junk boxes, for a dollar or so. They all go into my 'black' collection, despite the fact that I do not consider them to be fakes.
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 Posted 05/12/2015  3:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chrsmat71 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
if I every run into one in junk bin somewhere I'm going to pick one up.
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 Posted 05/12/2015  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would not mind having a few of those WRL coins.
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 Posted 05/12/2015  5:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pishpash to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well if you are tempted by ebay offerings, make sure you don't pay too much...
http://www.westair-reproductions.co...e0c2fc8fcb27
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