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8 Reales, But Are There Some Fakes?

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 Posted 05/08/2022  10:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jfransch to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is a current thread in the Classic US coins section on weights for circulated Morgan dollars. Seems to validate the weight of the low grade 8 reales. Interesting idea, when I return from my current trip out of state, I will drag out a box of portraits and weigh them all and report back my findings.

http://goccf.com/t/420083r
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 Posted 05/08/2022  12:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add realeswatcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Regarding weight: Even for Mo-mint pieces where weight as made was typically very close to standard ("27.07g"), a coin legitimately worn down to a G-4 grade or close could (really should) absolutely be down to 26.2g weight.

Back in 2011 when silver boomed near $50, I handled a decent amount of worn Barber halves and weighed a lot of them for study purposes. The heavily worn AG (maybe even "Fair-2") types were down as low as 11.4g from the as-made 12.5g!!

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Diameter within the pillar and portrait 8R series is ALL over the place depending on date range and which mint. Impossible to summarize in a few words.
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 Posted 05/09/2022  7:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lambertiana to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Funny you should mention circulated halves. Today I weighed a 1917 half in AG/G condition (depending on whose grading guide I use, it wobbles between AG and G), and it is 11.87g, compared to the original weight of 12.5g.
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