grivna1726 Posted February 23, 2009 Report Share Posted February 23, 2009 This coin was recently offered on ebay by a questionable seller with a history of selling fake coins online. While that does not necessarily mean that this coin is also a fake, it does raise suspicion. What I find interesting about this piece is the apparent overstrike on an earlier thaler. Roubles of this period are known to exist as overstrikes, although not often so obviously as this coin. There are characteristics of the undertype which cause me to doubt its authenticity and to wonder if it has been added afterward to make a possible fake more "interesting". The design of the arms of the "undertype" is suggestive of Spanish or German design. The castles bring to mind the arms of Castile and Leon seen on Spanish 8 reales coins, but do not match that design. Does anyone recognize these arms? The picture is the same one posted to the ebay auction, but rotated 90 degrees, reduced to grayscale and saved in *.gif format to aid in correcting the "undertype" design alignment. The original image can be found here. Thanks in advance for any help. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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