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1871 3 Rouble copper trial strike?? Any opinions?


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I'm looking for more info regarding what looks like a copper trial strike for 1871 3 Rouble coin. This copper coin looks exactly like a "normal" gold 3-Rouble coin; the thickness and diameter are the same. The previous owner claims that he bought it from a private coin collector in Europe 11 years ago. The patina looks original; the coin certainly feels and looks old, but I can't find any information in my books or on line regarding this piece. Could this be a trial strike for a new die before it went on to strike gold coins? Or this this one is just another bummer? Any help with the authentification and pricing would be greatly appreciated!

 

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I'm looking for more info regarding what looks like a copper trial strike for 1871 3 Rouble coin. This copper coin looks exactly like a "normal" gold 3-Rouble coin; the thickness and diameter are the same. The previous owner claims that he bought it from a private coin collector in Europe 11 years ago. The patina looks original; the coin certainly feels and looks old, but I can't find any information in my books or on line regarding this piece. Could this be a trial strike for a new die before it went on to strike gold coins? Or this this one is just another bummer? Any help with the authentification and pricing would be greatly appreciated!

 

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http://s1097.photobucket.com/albums/g348/booka28/

 

IMHO, fake.

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IMHO, fake.

 

Thanks, Cheburgen. I'm not even sure what I am looking at. The coin looks pretty convincing, but I found "0" information on this particular type; may be it is too good to be true. Other opinions guys?

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