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Those pesos are kind of like war nickels. They look nice in BU, but once they start to circulate and lose that top layer of silver (plate?), they get ugly real fast.

 

I don't believe they are plated. The silver content is just so low (10%) that once the shiny luster is gone, you're left with a very dull looking coin.

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Yes, plating would be kind of weird.

 

Perhaps the coins undergo some type of treatment pre-striking that brings additional silver ions to the surface so when first struck, it has a silvery appearence?

 

Late 3rd century Roman antoninianii (nominally 5% silver) are sometimes encountered with considerable, or full silvering, which often wears off quickly.

 

See site below for some pics of silvered ants of Probus.

 

http://dougsmith.ancients.info/probus.html

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