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Great Britain Sovereign (Counterfeit)  1915
Great Britain Sovereign (Counterfeit) 1915

It all depends how much the counterfeiter is willing to pay. A serious crook, with lots of cash, can hire other crooks to do bang-up counterfeiting work making fake valuable coins. Such coins are almost impossible to tell apart from genuine pieces. Professional authenticators must be called in to separate the good from the bad. This is becoming more and more a problem in modern coin collecting.

But the crooks know better than to spend too much money. There are plenty of inexperienced people who will buy counterfeit coins even if they only resemble a real coin. This is the case with our subject coin.

If you have a genuine gold sovereign, there is no need to read further. Instead, click to our appraisal page on the subject.

Most counterfeits are difficult to spot unless you have a genuine article available and you can do a side-by-side evaluation. A cursory examination quickly exposes dramatic differences in the pattern. This is ratified by the soft, mushy appearance of the fake, as well as (as the inquirer points out) the wrong date on the coin. By 1915, King George appears on sovereigns, not Queen Victoria.



Counterfeit coins are worth zero.

A good place for information about gold coins, and counterfeit gold coins, is Chard in Lancashire, UK. You will find tons of information on their web sites.

Coin: 5991 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: , Tue, 16-Nov-2010 02:03:27 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 06-Aug-2012 21:23:14 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 28-Jul-2016 21:33:08 GMT
Requester description: 1915 I have a gold coin or medal from Great Britain I belive, but I can not find it in my KM world Catalouge or on your page. It seems to be a gold 1 sovereign coin from 1915 but with Victoria on it (and not George), I have pictures I can mail you.
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