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 Posted 03/24/2019  5:32 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add PrinceHarbinger to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi everyone, I purchased this gold coin today. The seller didn't have any information on it. I brought it at a flea market. I found it really interesting because of it's extremely small size. I also wanted to add a gold coin to my collection.


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 Posted 03/24/2019  5:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@PH, first welcome to CCF. Second, while the overall design is somewhat similar to a $20 St. Gaudens, this clearly is not one of those. How sure are you that it is actually made from gold? Lastly, for completeness, please post the diameter and weight of this piece. Thx.
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 Posted 03/24/2019  5:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a cheaply made novelty token. I doubt that it is made of gold. Probably not worth more than a dollar or so.
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 Posted 03/24/2019  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add PrinceHarbinger to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm pretty sure that it is real gold. Doesn't look plated. Also, doesn't stick to a magnet either.





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 Posted 03/24/2019  8:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@PH, could you please post an accurate weight and diameter? Not sticking to a magnet is a good start.
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 Posted 03/24/2019  10:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If I understand correctly, the coin is showing 0.0 ounce on a postal scale?

This would likely mean the mass is less than 1.4 grams, which isn't helpful in ascertaining whether it is gold or not. A gold coin which is half the diameter of a penny as shown, and half its thickness would weigh less than a gram I think, and hence register 0.0 oz on this scale.

Of course, so would a gold plated coin, or one made from brass.

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 Posted 03/25/2019  11:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nelson9225 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
found the almost same coin on line sold by the pound. they are usually tungsten with gold plating
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 Posted 03/25/2019  7:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These gold "minatures" were mass-produced in Mexico back in the 1960s to the 1980s. There were numerous manufacturers, of varying artistic effort. They are usually made of solid gold, though 8 or 14 karat is normal. They were originally intended as jewellery pieces, though they found that selling them as-is to tourists worked just as well. I remember a local mail-order coin dealer here in Australia selling them for $8 each, back when gold spiked at $600/ounce in the early 1980s.

They replicated the designs of not just Mexican and American gold coins, but common gold coins of other countries too. The mail-order advert I rcall had six or eight different designs on offer. The American ones, of course, were more popular (and thus are more commonly found) in America. So yes, a "cheap way to own a gold coin" - even though it's not a genuine gold coin.
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 Posted 03/25/2019  7:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's not a coin at all. It would be a stretch to even call it a medal. Trinket probably the best term and that's being nice.
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 Posted 03/25/2019  7:40 pm  Show Profile   Check nss-52's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nss-52 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You can buy 5 of them, right now on eBay for $3.95 total with free shipping.
There have been claims that they are 8 or 14 kt gold, but you wouldn't be selling them at that price if that were true.
I believe they are gold plated brass, containing virtually NO GOLD. They are about .001 kt gold.
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