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Fake or original? Methods for determining the authenticity of the coin

Определения подлинности монет

Coin (lat. Moneta) - a banknote made of metal or other material of a certain form, weight and dignity. In addition to high-grade coins, small, collectible, commemorative and investment coins are issued. Most often, coins are made of metal by the method of embossing and have the shape of a regular circle.

The condition of the coins is an indicator reflecting mainly the presence and degree of wear (worn), as well as other damage and deficiencies in the coins used by experts in the field of numismatics for collection and commercial purposes.

Determine whether the original or a fake is very difficult. Especially for someone who is not an expert in this matter is not. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the most understandable ways to determine the authenticity of coins.

The importance of assessing the condition of the coins

Attentive collectors numismatists and professional dealers in the coin market attach considerable importance to the state or degree of preservation of coins. The condition of the coin is the most important criterion determining its collection value. The collection or numismatic value of a coin is the difference between its nominal value (or the price of the metal of the coin) and the amount that collectors are willing to pay for this coin.

Assessment of the state of a coin has the main purpose of determining its numismatic (or collection) price. Due to the fact that most of the old coins were significantly worn out during their long circulation, there are far fewer coins in a high degree of preservation than strongly erased coins. That is why coins in good condition sometimes have a very high collectible value compared to the same, but at the same time poorly preserved specimens. In today's numismatic market, a very small difference in the condition of some coins can sometimes mean a multiple difference in their price.

The market for collection coins is constantly changing, and along with it scientific and commercial standards and ideas regarding the determination of coin safety are gradually changing. Over the years, the state of coins has more and more significantly influenced their collection price, and with it the assessment of the condition of coins gradually becomes more and more detailed and accurate.

Catalog method

Catalog method. Sometimes, to determine the original coin, it is enough to compare it with an example from the reference book. Often counterfeiters create coins specifically for non-experts, so their efforts to achieve identity are not enough.

Coin weight and diameter

Weight and diameter of the coin. Always check the weight of the coin that is listed in the directory. This procedure is worth doing with the diameter. The conclusion suggests itself if the data does not match.


Checking All copies of old coins today are made by casting. But earlier for this they used only coinage. Coins of different manufacturing methods are quite easy to distinguish.


Detachment. To create such an effect is almost impossible. Delamination appears over time due to internal corrosion of ligature impurities.

Stamp shine

Stamp shine. The hollow areas in the inscriptions on old coins often retain their initial brilliance. For example, the coin box inside the letter O. Stamp shine is preserved, even in the case of short-term use of coins.

Using a microscope

Using a microscope. 400-800 fold increase will help to make out a special kind of corrosion, which is inherent only in ancient coins.

Comparison with genuine coin

Comparison with genuine coin. The best way is to match this copy. Comparison of the relief and the field will help to establish that the coins were minted with a single stamp.

Spectral analysis

Spectral analysis. It makes it possible to determine the sample and composition of the ligature. If the analyzes of two coins are similar, then we can assume that they were minted at the same time.

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