.. and another couple of examples....
Since posting the above I've been notified of another example..... this one is 1.19 gms.
The pictures illustrate two coins in my collection; the one on the left is a recent Ebay purchase, and the one on the right is an Ebay purchase I made several years ago. The vendor of the recent coin was quite honest, and described it in his listing as a forgery, despite it looking quite realistic. However it only weighs 1.08 gm. The coin on the right can be seen to be practically identical - look at the pattern of clipping, the position of dents, the position of scratches - e.g the long scratch near the RH neck line, and on the reverse note the identical number of pellets in the inner circle for each quadrant. This coin weighs a more respectable 1.27 gm, but still less than the 1.4+ gm that we like to see. I have little doubt that these are both modern forgeries made in recent years. I would suggest that you check your own collections to see if you have any identical coins; and I would be interested in hearing from you if you have.
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