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Maria Thaler Coin Pendant With Opposite Wording

 
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 Posted 09/20/2022  01:29 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Inheritedgubbins to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
In amongst some inherited gubbins from my great grandfather was this. The wording is not quite right from what I can see.
Is it some ye olde tourist tat?


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 Posted 09/20/2022  02:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If in good silver, then a jewelry copy.
If in poor silver, then fake, unfortunately.
Either way, not genuine.

Jewelry value only.
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 Posted 09/20/2022  02:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Maria Theresa thalers were, and still are, quite popular "jewellery coins" in Eastern Africa, where they are made into quite elaborate pendants; check out the example in this old thread.

So it looks like someone wanted to make such a jewellery-piece, but didn't have access to a genuine* thaler - or simply wanted to make one cheaper than using a genuine coin would have allowed.

* - yes, pretty much every single Maria Theresa thaler you're likely to find in Africa is a restrike, and thus not technically "genuine" either.
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 Posted 01/11/2023  5:11 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spyro to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That just doesn't look right. I think it's a copy. The style of the lettering on both sides is wrong. The arrangement of the wing feathers on the reverse is different. Not done enough posts yet to qualify for uploading pictures but there are several in some of the forums that I've seen, which should help. If it can be removed from its mount it should weigh 27 to 29 grams and should be between 39 and 41 mm across. (There were 150 or so varieties from about 8 different mints, all dated 1780) It should have an edge inscription which reads JUSTITIA ET CLEMENTIA with various rosebuds and arabesques that help to identify its origin. Good luck.
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