Right now being auctioned on eBay is a "pollito" 1822 Iturbide 8 reales. I'm trying to collect the first coin each country issued after it became independent, and this date/denomination is on my list. But I am wary of counterfeits. I would very much appreciate hearing opinions from forum members who have experience with this. Thanks, Eric P.S. I don't see it in the forum rules, but if this sort of question is not allowed then please ignore it.
My opinion is this: I often paid for a low cost and poor quality coin just to get one of what I wanted. But then later I regretted not buying a better quality coin even though they cost more. If the goal is just to obtain any sample of the coin fitting the need, that is one approach, but sometimes these are called "place holders". Maybe one day a much nicer coin will be affordable.
I didn't realize when I replied that you were asking if it was counterfeit or not. To me it looked like a well worn harshly cleaned and poor example that did not match the seller's claim of grade. Since I know so little about how a worn coin would compare to a counterfeit coin, I only suggested passing on it due to condition. I've bought a good number of coins "twice". First a cheap bargain only later to find nobody would buy it from me, and then purchasing a much better one that I was not ashamed of showing.
Thanks Albert -- I thought I was seeing hairlines from cleaning. And so your advice was another good reason to pass on the coin. As the saying goes, "the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."