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Pseudo Indian Coin George V King and Emperor 10 Grams Fine Silver 999

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We came across this interesting "coin" in a collection.

At first glance, it appears to be an octagonal Indian coin of George V, but a closer look changes the first impression into fake, replica, imitation adn other similar thoughts.

The portrait engraving is very crude, and I know of no octagonal Indian coins of George V.


I guess it is merely a tourist souvenir piece of junk made by some Indian jeweller or manufacturer, or possibly to sell to the unaware of a genuine coin.

The reverse states:



Fine Silver




I Niton XRF tested it, and the stated purity appears to be optimistic to put it politely:


So it appears to be about 990 silver, with about 1% copper, and 0.1% cadmium.

I didn't actually check its weight!

A piece of numismatic junk, but interesting, and it makes a change from Chinese fakes and imitations.





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