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1899 Liberty Eagle (Mounted)

 
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 Posted 04/22/2021  05:57 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Doctorp to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I apologise if this is in the wrong place and/or considered inappropriate in a coin collecting community.
Discovered while clearing my late aunt's house, a USA 10 dollar dated 1899 in a mount with a detachable pocketwatch chain.
My knowledge of the coin is from 15 minutes on Google but I am puzzled by the stock images hence this query.
The Liberty head is aligned with the centre of the mount but flip the coin/mount over and the eagle is upside down with respect to the head. Are they all like this please? I don't want to sell something that is counterfeit.
The watch chain including 'T' piece is hallmarked and stamped 625.
The mount/clasp is also hallmarked and stamped 375. All mounting points to the coin are intact.
The coin faces have tiny scratches (consistent with use and age I guess).
The coin edge serrations visible either side of the mount are present with no evidence it has been dropped.
There is no mint mark underneath the eagle.
The coin/mount/clasp weigh 20g and together with chain weighs 56g (wife's digital kitchen scales).
Little provenance except found among WW1 medals and badges including some US and Canadian items that along with the coin were possibly traded among the soldiers.
Any help will be appreciated.


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 Posted 04/22/2021  06:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
. If the coin is real it has most likely been damaged by mounting it. The coin should be gold and the rest of it sounds like it is silver. If real, I am guessing it has mostly bullion value now.
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 Posted 04/22/2021  08:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A direct mount like this without a bezel pretty much dooms it to bullion status.



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 Posted 04/22/2021  09:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JohnH4444 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
American coins flip up/down, so your coin is probably real. But it looks like it's been plated in silver.
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 Posted 04/22/2021  11:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Doctorp to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Many thanks for the replies that together confirm what I had suspected but didn't know.
The photo colours are washed out as the coin is gold coloured therefore assumed to be gold.
Excellent forum and clearly a wealth of knowledge.
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 Posted 04/22/2021  11:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Numisma to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like the real deal, just damaged and polished. The good news is that it still contains about $860 (620) worth of gold if real.

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 Posted 04/22/2021  3:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Rothery to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you want to remove that mount take it to a jeweler that makes their own jewelry - they should have the knowledge and tools to remove solder.
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