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The photo of KM#11, a 13.57g .800 silver coin depicting Rajah Charles V. Brooke, shows his hair without any separation, as in your first photo.


With a mintage of only 10,000 at the Heaton Mint in Birmingham, England, and a catalog value of $500-1,900, it is a strong candidate for reproduction in one of the Chinese counterfeit factories. The hairline in your lower picture looks like the separation is in the die, and not the result of tooling a finished coin, so I strongly suspect that it originated somewhere other than Birmingham, but I couldn't be certain without an up-close examination in hand.

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