Except this isn't a "mag
ician's coin" because such things are usually made from genuine coins; this piece is not and never was genuine. The engraving, particularly of the date-numerals, is much worse than on a genuine coin. It's presumably a circulating counterfeit, and presumably at one stage had some sort of silvery coating on it. Perhaps a mercury wash, which has since evaporated away.
I cant believe someone would counterfeit low value coin like this.
That's precisely why such counterfeiting worked so well. Fewer people paid close attention to the low-denomination coins, so they're much more likely to get away with it. Remember, a counterfeit coin only has to fool one person, once, and it's mission accomplished for the counterfeiter. They don't care what happens to the counterfeit coin after that.
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