Russia Elizabeth 5 Kopeks (Counterfeit) 1757
Angie sent us this picture of her 1757 coin. It looks like a Russian 5 kopeks with the swirly monogram of Elizabeth the Great. There is a similar coin at this CoinQuest link. The reverse bears resemblance to a Siberian issue, but the resemblance is not strong.
Stumped, we inquired at Numismat.ru in Moscow. Igor Lavruk was kind enough to reply. Not one to mince words, Igor said:
'This coin is fake.'
So that settles it. Angie owns a counterfeit Russian coin and its value is zero.
This experience points out one of the major pitfalls to successful coin collecting: authentication. Professional authenticators make their livings identifying and detecting counterfeit collectibles. Over the past 10 years or so, the influx of counterfeit rare coins has been overwhelming. Only with vast experience can a collector be sure his or her coins are genuine. The only real solution to this problem is to deal with high quality, proven reputable coin dealers. Do not invest significant money in a coin that you are not sure is genuine.
, Genre: Orthodox and Slavic
Requested by: Angie, Wed, 23-Nov-2011 15:48:24 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 06-Dec-2013 19:23:06 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 05-Dec-2015 19:43:27 GMT
Requester description: 1757 I have a rare coin that I have been trying to find with no luck. Here is an image of it. Can you possibly let me know the value and what you recommend doing with it. It may be from West Samoa but I am not sure. I would really appreciate any help. Thank You.
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