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1968 Canada 25 Cents Is Heavy - Genuine Or Counterfeit?

 
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 Posted 05/28/2020  4:44 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Ariette to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I was trying to verify whether a 1968 Canada 25 cent coin I got in a coin lot is the silver or nickel version, and I found that it weighs 5.97 grams. This makes it quite a bit overweight even for the silver version, which should only weigh 5.83 grams. Is this weight within tolerance, or might this coin be a counterfeit?




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 Posted 05/28/2020  5:49 pm  Show Profile   Check nickelsguy's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nickelsguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
check it with a magnet. Silver is 5.83gm
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 Posted 05/28/2020  7:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add johnnysprawl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks fully struck and well-centered, and no foreign coins were minted by the RCM in 1968, so my guess is that its a slightly overweight silver planchet within mint tolerances.
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 Posted 05/29/2020  02:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add norantyki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks good to me - also worth noting is that by 1968, it would not have been economical to counterfeit a quarter.

I have, on the other hand, encountered fake $2.00 notes from the mid / late '60s + 70s, but never seen a fake $1. This makes me think that $2.00 was about the minimum amount that was worth counterfeiting / taking the risk passing off at the time.

Worth noting that the latest dated Canadian coin forgery that I have seen is a 1958 50c (in my 'black cabinet').
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05/29/2020 03:01 am
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 Posted 05/29/2020  09:43 am  Show Profile   Check nickelsguy's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nickelsguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are literally thousands of counterfeit Canadian 25 cent pieces from all decades up to the 80's. Counterfeit loonies and twoonies as well.
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 Posted 05/30/2020  03:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add norantyki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would be interested in seeing pictures of any of the counterfeits that you mention.
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 Posted 05/30/2020  10:00 am  Show Profile   Check nickelsguy's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nickelsguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
as requested a few quick low quality scans



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 Posted 05/30/2020  11:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add norantyki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, thanks for those - never seen anything that recent!
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 Posted 05/30/2020  12:01 pm  Show Profile   Check nickelsguy's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add nickelsguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You are welcome.
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 Posted 05/30/2020  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tamarin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amazing set of pics! Counterfeiting never takes a holiday.
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 Posted 05/31/2020  04:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JGpenny to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would agree - fascinating pictures
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 Posted 05/31/2020  06:05 am  Show Profile   Check jdmern's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jdmern to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
May want to double check your scale is properly calibrated- That style of scale is notoriously finicky with calibration
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