Fakes & Forgeries - 1887 Victoria Jubilee Head Fake Half Sovereign
We illustrate and discuss forgeries of gold coins, including an 1887 Victoria Jubilee Head half sovereign, to help collectors & investors be alert.
Fakes abound in gold coins. There is obviously more profit and more reason to produce counterfeit gold coins than base metal ones.
We discuss and illustrate fake half sovereigns and other gold coins, mainly as a guide to identifying and avoiding them.
A number of euphemistic words are used to describe coins which are not genuine. Many of these are misleading, deceptive and dishonest.
A restrike is an officially produced coin, from the original or other official dies, often struck by the original mint, or other officially authorised mint. The word restrike is often used euphemistically when applied to fake or counterfeit coins. We have also seen modern replica fantasy coins described as restrikes. We do not agree with this practise, and believe it to be dishonest.
1887 Victoria Jubilee Half Sovereign
Our photographs show both sides of an 1887 Jubilee Head half sovereign.
This coin could be very convincing, as there is good sharp detail on both sides, however, where there is slight wear or abrasion on some of the raised parts of the design, the colour of the metal is distinctly red, making it obvious that the yellow colour is gold plating, and calling for closer inspection.
The weight of this particular example is wrong at 3.5884 grams instead of 3.99 grams, a significant discrepancy.
Close inspection also reveals a flaw near the R and T of GRATIA, in the border to the right of the head. although it is possible to find striking flaws on genuine coins, this error should also alert buyers to look more closely.
More to Follow
We intend to add to, and link to, this page, with details of more fakes when we have time.
Obverse of Fake 1887 Victoria Jubilee Head Half Sovereign
Reverse of Fake 1887 Victoria Jubilee Head Half Sovereign