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 Posted 06/06/2020  06:06 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add mercsam to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This is an East Africa 5 Cent coin 1937 KN. It should be bronze but this ine seems to be Nickel. I can't see anywhere that the bronze shows. So, is it an error or plated, The edges are very high and it weighs a fraction of that it should be.. Any ideas please.

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 Posted 06/06/2020  06:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That looks like bronze to me. Did you weigh it?
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 Posted 06/06/2020  06:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
( I'm no pro, it's just my humble opinion )
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 Posted 06/06/2020  07:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ms, I agree that posting the weight of this piece will help us to help you figure out what you have there. Also, while it will likely be too hard to photograph well, try looking at the color of the metal on the inside of the added hole. It would be interesting to know if it is a different color than the surface. Thx.
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 Posted 06/06/2020  10:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mercsam to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, Yes, I weighed it and it is 6.49gms.
The hole looks the same colour inside it as far as I can see.
The colour of these pics aren't bronze colour, and are a true likeness of it.
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 Posted 06/06/2020  10:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is it magnetic?
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 Posted 06/06/2020  11:22 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bacchus2 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That weight is a little over the designated weight so that might suggest it was plated (plus you have the hole to account for some missing metal too)
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 Posted 06/06/2020  9:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bronze coins can be a number of colors.

It was probably closer to this color at some point

https://image.invaluable.com/houseP...18968122.jpg

But someone tried to clean it an now to me it looks greenish with a hint of brown.
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 Posted 06/07/2020  12:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mercsam to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin hole metal looks the same as outside as far as I can see. The coin is not a bronze colour; it almost looks like stainless steel colour. Not sure if this shows in the pic. Thanks


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 Posted 06/07/2020  1:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ms, it would be helpful for us to know if this piece is attracted to a magnet at all (as @oriole requested).
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 Posted 06/09/2020  11:19 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mercsam to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, No, the coin is not magnetic. Sorry, I thought I had mentioned this; clearly I didn't. Apologies.
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 Posted 06/13/2020  2:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ms, I've been thinking a bunch about this piece over the past several days. The letters and other design elements are a bit smushed, but that might be from circulation flattening. The coin is a little overweight, especially considering that someone drilled an extra hole in it. The color is quite striking and quite different from most bronze coins of this series and hardly seems to be able to fool someone if it was used in commerce. The mintmark is KN, for King's Norton in Great Britain.

I see only a few possibilities:

1. Off-metal strike done at the mint
2. Contemporary counterfeit
3. Modern counterfeit
4. Zinc or Chrome plated after leaving the mint
5. Normal coin, but with a Bronze alloy that appears grey rather than the normal brown, perhaps due to environmental exposure

Of these, the only option that would be worth much money is the first and the added hole greatly reduces that value. So at this point, I think that we are only looking for an answer so that you know what you have (as opposed to potentially giving you an early retirement).

I do note that the NGC page for this coin, shows a more grey than brown specimen (but perhaps the pic is in black and white rather than color):

https://www.NGCcoin.com/price-guide...duid-1244151


If this was my coin and I had easy access to XRF or other non-destructive elemental analysis, I think that I would probably get it tested. If not, then I would probably assume that it was a normally minted coin was thickly plated some time after being holed. If you decide to get further analysis performed on this piece, please follow up with the results in this thread. Thx!

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 Posted 06/21/2020  4:24 pm  Show Profile   Check living-in-the-past's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add living-in-the-past to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My best guess is that it is plated and was formally one of several coins on a coin charm bracelet that were very popular in the 30's and 40's.
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 Posted 06/26/2020  9:29 pm  Show Profile   Check ryurazu's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ryurazu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most likely a coin that has be polish/plated silver to be put on a bracelet or necklace.
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 Posted 07/01/2020  7:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Most likely a coin that has be polish/plated silver to be put on a bracelet or necklace.

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