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Original or fake?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320996383479

 

The lettering of the legend on the reverse looks a little different than the pictures in the recent Sincona auction (lot 541 which went for CHF 19,000):

 

http://www.m-dv.ru/monety-rossii-1700-1917/prohod,89302/coins,4190/type,6177/auction,83/date,2012-10-09/lot,541/images-prohod.html

 

I'd say it was a very clever fake, but I'm no expert on this type.

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I won't swear on it, but these look okay. The proof would be the edge pattern. Also, there are die varieties available from what I read. Here's one from my collection.

MOLDAVIAampWALLACHIAPara3Dengi1772LargeCrown.jpg

MOLDAVIA & WALLACHIA~1 Para/3 Dengi 1772 <Large Crown>

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