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George V Mystery Coin 1918

 
 
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 Posted 12/02/2019  10:34 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add lafink to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi All. I was wondering if anyone had an idea about this George V 1918 coin. It has the size and horse of a half sovereign, I believe from my research, but it can't be gold, it has the same colour of the old pennies. I've just inherited my dads coin collection, and I remember this one driving him mad, and I feel like it might do the same with me any help is much appreciated!


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 Posted 12/02/2019  10:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lafink to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Side image, just in case it comes in handy!

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 Posted 12/02/2019  10:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bawillis to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have the same coin but a1920, a Great Britain penny.
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 Posted 12/02/2019  10:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lafink to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Bawillis

I have many pennies, and this is a different size and has a horse design, not the Britannia, which makes me think it must be something else.
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 Posted 12/02/2019  11:48 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
What is the weight?

I am thinking that it is the first step of making a fake 1/2 sovereign, the next step being to gold plate it.
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 Posted 12/02/2019  12:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add HGK3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Size matches a half sovereign (19.3 mm), as does the St. George device on the reverse, but those were 22 carat gold, and your coin doesn't appear to be gold.

Weight should be 3.99 grams if it's gold.

According to Spink the only half sovereigns issued in 1918 were from the Perth, Australia mint, so if you can see a P on the reverse between the date and the horses hooves that would help.

However, given the color and the poor quality of the edges, I suspect you have a contemporary counterfeit.
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 Posted 12/02/2019  3:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lafink to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone for the information. Unfortunately I don't have the coin with me at the moment so can't weigh it, but by the looks of everything it is a counterfeit. From a larger version of the photo there is no letters above the date. Shame I didn't think about researching it before my old man passed away, he would have been really interested, although maybe a tad disappointed, about it all. He always thought it was something a bit special.
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 Posted 12/04/2019  6:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add srcliff to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, people do collect contemporary counterfeits so there are people who would consider them special!
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 Posted 12/05/2019  07:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lafink to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
srcliff, I never thought of that, thank you! And thanks once again everyone for your help and warm welcome!
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