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Georgivs V With No Date. Can Any Body Identify This?

 
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 Posted 03/30/2022  4:31 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add smsgtdaves to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have this old coin I found in some of my fathers old stuff but it has no date or an amount on it. Can anybody identify it? Is it a coin or a token? It is gold colored but I don't know that it is gold?
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 Posted 03/30/2022  4:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like a knock off of a British Sovereign. Probably gold coloured or plated
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 Posted 03/30/2022  6:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, a fake.



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 Posted 03/30/2022  6:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smsgtdaves to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the Welcome everybody. Yes I thought it was just a token of some kind. Thanks All
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 Posted 03/30/2022  8:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Color suggests thin gold plated brass.
What is the weight and diameter?
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 Posted 03/30/2022  8:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Compare pics of actual ones online and you can see how "off" the details are.
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The design is crude enough that I think it was probably not intended to "fool" anyone into believing it was a real sovereign. Did your father come from Greece or spend time in Greece? Because I think it may be a "vasilopita" coin.

In Greece, on St Basil's Day (New Years Day, January 1), they have a tradition of making a special kind of cake - the vasilopita - for the family and guests to celebrate the new year. Traditionally, a gold coin (often a British gold sovereign, as Greece made very few gold coins of its own) would be hidden in the cake, which the lucky recipient would get to keep; with genuine gold coins kind of rare and expensive nowadays, they hide a base-metal token in the cake instead, and give a gift of money to the token-finder. These vasilopita coins often have a design imitating to the gold sovereign coins they used to originally use in the cakes. I have seen several such pieces where the Latin inscription from the original sovereign is replaced with a Greek inscription wishing you a happy new year.

It's not entirely unlike the old English tradition of hiding a threepence or sixpence in the Christmas pudding.
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 Posted 03/31/2022  06:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smsgtdaves to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The weight is 3.9 G and the length is about 24 cm. I don't know if he was ever in Greece maybe he passed through there during WWII. Again Thank you all for the welcome.
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