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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I was recently at a local Goodwill who just got in a lot of vintage toys such as Dinky toys Army type trucks, Evel Knievel doll, etc. They were great finds! They sell small, loose toys in a wire rack on an endcap. You fill up a clear plastic bag they provide and you get whatever you can fit in the bag for $2.99. As I was searching through it all a coin fell out of the rack into the floor next to my feet. I picked it up and thought it looked very neat and had never seen anything like it. After my sister and I did some research I found out that it is a Spanish Cob Coin Shield Type. I have tried to educate myself on them but there is so much to learn and look for. Is there anyone here that can help me rule out it being counterfeit? Any suggestions what to look for being in the shape it's in? I clearly see an "S" on the left of the shield. When I weighed it it's exactly 9 grams. The dimensions are rough of course do to the natural state of the coin. It's about 1-1/8" x 1-5/16". It is slightly concave. Its looks to be authentic from what I have read and looked at but I would like more of a professional opinion if it looks like the "real deal". I know pictures cannot capture everything but I hope to at least find a start. Thanks all!

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    1. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 7 years ago
      Sorry, it's not real.

      T A
    2. Goodfinds17, 7 years ago
      Can you please educate me? What makes it not real?
    3. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 7 years ago
      Shape, size, weight, cartoonish design, mode of manufacturing, appearance, et al.

      T A
    4. Karenoke Karenoke, 7 years ago
      My memory is not serving me well tonight as I got overheated working in the yard today. And being a lifelong Floridian makes that embarrassing. Anywho, the Spanish shipwreck of the Atosia (likely spelled wrong)Mel Fisher found off the coast of Florida in the 90's (I think) was loaded with these coins in gold and silver.
      And there are still plenty to be purchased. But the demand for the coins was overwhelming of the least for the more affordable silver ones. So silver from the shipwreck was used to produce many, many of these coins. I purchased four of the original silver ones in not so great condition at a pawn shop about 10 years ago. They were sold to the pawn shop by a distant Fisher family member and all have their certificates of authenticity. So I agree with TubeAmp, but if it is actual silver it could be a reproduction at best. Making it worth the current going price of silver. However, TA is far more knowledgeable than I and I'm only telling you this story as I agree it is not an actual coin, but I won't rule out a reproduction.
      Good luck in your quest for more info!
    5. Militarist Militarist, 7 years ago
      TA is correct!
    6. TriPs TriPs, 5 years ago
      I agree with the others. Plus when I saw the shine of it... to me thats a is the dead giveaway. I recently found one and in my obsessive researching of what ever it is I'm looking up I've definitely gotten to know the different looks of these coins.
    7. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 3 years ago
      I have to wonder ,would a coin minted between 1572-1773 and maybe underwater for a couple hundred years
      made out of silver look this pristine

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