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Altered Date? Contemporary? Straits Settlements 1916 1/4 Or 10 Cents?

 
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 Posted 05/11/2021  10:29 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Coins Mania to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Dear all,

This coin is so strange! What is this classified under? Is there any collector value to it.

I found this in a stall and it has been sitting there for 2 years, no taker!




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 Posted 05/11/2021  11:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add That Coin Dude to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is called a counter-stamp or counter-strike. There are collectors. Chafemasterj collects counterstamped Lincoln cents from America. You just have to find a buyer.
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 Posted 05/11/2021  2:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Plus the coin is corroded, probably from being in the ground or something like that.
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 Posted 05/12/2021  10:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks to me like this was done by hand.
Just a damaged coin now.
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 Posted 05/12/2021  7:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would classify it as an "attempted counterfeit".

The 1/4 cent is about the same size as a 10 cent. It is, of course, made of bronze rather than silver. So what has happened here is that someone has taken a normal 1/4 cent, carved a crude "10" onto it, then they would have given it a silvery coating or paint (possibly by soaking it in liquid mercury) then they would have tried to spend it.

It wouldn't fool you or me - certainly not at that magnification, and not with the silvery coating having disappeared with time - but a counterfeiter only needs to fool one person, once, and it's job done as far as they are concerned. Counterfeiters don;t care what their coins will look like decades or centuries later.

Altering coins to make them look like a coin of higher denomination was and is a crime, with punishment similar to that of outright counterfeiting.
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