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Unusual 1917 Half Penny

 
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 Posted 08/05/2020  10:48 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add shaneyz to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a 1917 Australian half penny in silver?
These were never made in silver as far as I am aware.
All details on the bust look perfect and its weight is 5.644 grams which is a perfect weight match to the one shilling coin which was silver.
Could this have been minted with a one shilling blank?
Or is it a really detailed fake?
If so why would you replicate a 1917 and in silver?


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 Posted 08/06/2020  12:36 am  Show Profile   Check ryurazu's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ryurazu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
mostly likely plated silver/ silver polish, that's the exact weight for half penny 5.67 grams, as for a shilling 5.65 grams and normally and are all silver all the way though note reeded edges.
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 Posted 08/06/2020  04:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 08/06/2020  09:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Plating makes sense.



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 Posted 08/09/2020  10:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
People back in the day used to paint copper coins silver, in the hope of passing them off as a higher-denomination coin (in the case of a penny, probably a florin).

Doing so was, and technically still is, illegal. But it was a "quick and dirty" way to attempt to produce a counterfeit coin.
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