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Real Or Fake? Russian 2 Kopek 1815

 
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I got a Russian 2 Kopek 1815 coin but not sure if the coin is genuine. Kindly help..



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Someone was telling me that the metal is impure and so the wanted to take advice from experts of the coin as I dont have idea how to determine the metal which can make a person to comment on the coin as fake.

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@amit, can you please post the weight and diameter? Thx.
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It just looks like surface corrosion (environmental damage) typical of many old copper or bronze coins.

Here are photos of a real one
https://wcn.pl/archive/77682?q=rosja+1815+2+
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Thank you every respected members who gave there expertise view. I really appreciate everyone's help.
My one query is -Did the Russian Emperor period the metals used for producing coins were mix metals or always contain pure metal?

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I am not an expert on these coins, but I think the answer is" it depends on which coin, and what you mean by "pure."

Catalogs call your 2 kopeck coin "copper." My guess is that this is copper containing maybe 1 - 2% of other impurities after the smelting process. Bronze for coins typically has at least 5% of other metals intentionally added (mixed) to copper.

"Silver" coins made in the Russian Empire at the same time contained 87% silver.

Maybe one of our Russian members has more details.
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The problem with your coin is not "impure metal". It's just corroded.
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Copper coins of this era often had some impurities but not of any real value.

Earlier Russian copper coins struck in Siberia often had traces of precious metal which is they had high face value for the weight it's meant to be.
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