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1737 Mexico 8 Reales. A Contemporary Counterfeit?

 
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 Posted 08/03/2021  7:11 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add hjian to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Found another counterfeit 8 reales.
This one is obvious but the patina looks very old.

This coin only weights 25.5g with small diameter 38mm. SG is only 10.26g/cm3 (containing only 87% silver). This could be due to sea salvage. But what given away is the coin edge. There are two discontinuity 180 degree part. But the edge pattern is reversed on the opposite side of the coin.

Is this a contemporary counterfeit coin? What is the motivation? Or this is something made recently to fool collectors.



Edited by hjian
08/03/2021 7:33 pm
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 Posted 08/03/2021  8:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add swamperbob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In my opinion it is more than likely a Numismatic Forgery.

Have you checked the specific gravity? Done an XRF to detect gold?
My book on Counterfeit Portrait 8Rs is available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Counterfeit-.../1500497177/ or from me directly if you want it signed.
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 Posted 08/03/2021  8:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hjian to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Swamperbob:
Yes, SG is only 10.26g/cm3.
I didn't bother with XRF test unless you think it is worth to do it. I will probably return it to the seller.
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 Posted 08/03/2021  8:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add swamperbob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would return it and wait for a better looking example.
My book on Counterfeit Portrait 8Rs is available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Counterfeit-.../1500497177/ or from me directly if you want it signed.
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 Posted 08/04/2021  9:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hjian to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank You!
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