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A Tale of Two Sovereigns - Both 1928-SA One Genuine One Fake


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Well I can safely say I would be none the wiser if it were in my possession. 

Try flogging it to another dealer, one that can't seemingly be bothered to check stuff... oooh, I am naughty. I once part ex-ed a Nissan with a knackered gearbox to a dealer who offered a crappy deal and didn't bother to look at the car... 'til a week later. Caveat emptor!

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1 hour ago, MonkeysUncle said:

Well I can safely say I would be none the wiser if it were in my possession.

It's a funny one in a way. As many of these fake sovereigns contain gold which is usually 18ct+ and even occasionally more than the real coins, it probably shouldn't make much difference to a stacker of gold bullion whether they're real or not.

It's a whole different story if you're a collector though - who wants the actual coin rather than the gold per se.

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1 minute ago, SidS said:

If it's the ethics you worry about, if it does get slabbed you can always crack it out again and scrap it afterwards.

Breaking out requires special equipment:


Slab Gone by @ChardsCoinandBullionDealer!



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1 hour ago, dicker said:

@LawrenceChardWhat is visible in this part of the first Sovereign?

Is this “orange peel” type detail that you have mentioned before?





No. Orange peel effect is when the surfaces are lumpy and grainy, very similar to the surface of most oranges.

This "bearding", looking like the horse has developed an extremely hairy neck, is probably "flow lines" created during striking, or when the metal cools after striking. If so, the two effects have similar causes, heating and cooling cycles causing surfaces to become uneven instead of perfectly flat.

What is harder to understand or explain is why it looks so brown instead of gold, but I suspect this is a "trick of the light", because the colours we observe are created when (usually white) lights reflects differentially from different surfaces with different textures.

It feels strangely different using the word different repeatedly in one, now two, short sentences.

Does all this make sense to you?

Perhaps we should claim this as a newly discovered rarity. The "Hairy Horse" variety?




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Better it's on the horse than 'Hirsute Hero'... 🤔😂 

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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