Recently came across someone selling a Restrike Copy Of Straits Settlement $1 1909. As I didn't heard of a restrike for 1909, so I become curious and brought it from the person. From the pics, it looks like unc and new like prooflike coins.
But once you got the coin, you see a big different.
1. Dia. 37.9mm instead of 34mm
2. weight : 26.66g (for 1903,04 with dia. 37mm, for 34mm should be 20g)
3. Non magnetic
What I can said is nowadays, fake coins are making it so real even for the weights and sizes, it's really become worry for the coin collectors on finding a true real coins. As we know Straits Settlements $1 have silver content, so I did a few tests on it and failed the test, that's why I concluded this coin is fake.
The tests I done are;
1. Sound test. This coin doesn't give a high and long pitch, it's give those sound like a copper-nickel pitch.
2. Magnet resistant test. As we know, silver is non magnetic and have some resistant to earth magnet. This held in a 45 degree angle, the earth magnet slide down without any resistant unlike my other silver coins.
I not only brought this coin from him, I also brought a 1904B Straits Settlements coin.
Amazing looking isn't it?
1. Dia. 37.9mm
2. Weight : 26.67g
3. Non magnetic
4. The artist's initials "DES"
From the data above, one's will thought this is a real 1904B isn't it?
But after the tests, it also proven is fake.
How amazing that people can fake it so real. Even looking at sidney post on how to identify fake and real 1904 straits settlements coin, I think we coin collectors also need to upgrade ourself to able to detect all those fake coin from real.