I have a 1776 Continental Coin Real or Fake?
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Weight: 19 grams

Material: Silver

I went to a pawn shop to check the weight and check if it had silver, they told me that it "weighs 19grams" and "It has silver and something else" is what they said.

I have researched so i knew the "something else" would be pewter.

I am just wondering if any of yall know or can tell if its real or fake.

Thank You, Adriel

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It's a modern replica.

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Welcome to the Forum-

Not even a good replica. I think that this coin has been posted about 100 times and no one has come up with a genuine one yet. They have all been fakes.

 

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1 hour ago, Greenstang said:

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Not even a good replica. I think that this coin has been posted about 100 times and no one has come up with a genuine one yet. They have all been fakes.

 

I thought it was a decent chance of it being real because it has silver in it. Didnt think the fakes would have silver and weigh 19grams. Could you explain how you can tell its a fake please and thank you.

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Could you explain how you can tell its a fake please and thank you.

There are several factors including a genuine coin is sold silver, not "silver and something else" but the easiest way to tell is that it is stamped with an R which stands for Replica.

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5 hours ago, Greenstang said:

There are several factors including a genuine coin is sold silver, not "silver and something else" but the easiest way to tell is that it is stamped with an R which stands for Replica.

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So to clarify, the real coin is ONLY silver? because I searched it up and it says silver and PEWTER(which is what i thought the "something else" would be) Quote from Coinquest.com "Genuine coins are made of pewter, brass, and silver"

And for the "R" stamped is that what the replicas usually have and at that location? or are they in random locations? (would like to see a photo of the same coin with the same little "R" if possible)

I also saw that Replicas or Copies are never in the correct weight, but this coin is(19 grams). Also is weird to me that a Replica would have Silver.

This all has been really interesting, so thank you for taking the time to respond.

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Genuine coins were struck in silver; they were also struck in pewter, and they were also struck in brass. They were not struck in an alloy of silver and pewter. The interpretation depends on how the sentence is written and how you read it.

Not all replicas have the "R" struck on them. In fact, most of the examples posted on here don't have it. If you look at pictures of genuine examples, you can easily see differences in your coin and a genuine coin.

Copies and replicas have been made and sold for many years and in many places. There is no hard and fast rule as far as the weight being the same as, or different from,  a genuine coin. 

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Here is the picture you requested.

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Just Bob said:

Here is the picture you requested.

 

 

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I see i appreciate it. Im going to try some tests with it like (magnet test) and really look at it closer.

and if it is a Replica what would you recommend i do with the coin? Would it sell for like $10 or would it be better to melt it to get the silver from it?

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I have no idea what the silver content of this particular replica is, so I can't say whether or not it would be worth it to melt it for the silver and I am not even sure how to go about doing that. If you do sell it to someone who is not a dealer or knowledgeable collector, make sure you do it with full disclosure.

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2 hours ago, Just Bob said:

I have no idea what the silver content of this particular replica is, so I can't say whether or not it would be worth it to melt it for the silver and I am not even sure how to go about doing that. If you do sell it to someone who is not a dealer or knowledgeable collector, make sure you do it with full disclosure.

You said that they dont mix Metals, but i found a video proving they do. go 15sec back from where it starts. Start at 27min.

 

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I did not say they didn't mix metals. I mentioned brass. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.

I mentioned pewter. Pewter is an alloy of tin, antimony (or lead, in earlier times), copper, bismuth, and sometimes, silver.

Coins made from silver were almost always mixed with some metal, usually copper.

 

My point was that the way the quote from Coinquest was worded could be misleading.

Your replica is very likely pewter, which is why some silver showed in the test.

I am just trying to help you understand that your coin is a replica, and that many of them have been, and are still being, made and sold. Evidently, I am doing a poor job of it.

If you want to disagree with my assessment, that is fine.

 

 

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