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It's a counterfeit of a Mexican 8 reales / silver dollar.

The details are quite different (crude or cartoonish, one could say), especially on the head side, and the metal also appears to be pewter or another base white metal alloy.

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Rsraghead, have a look at some of the counterfeit 8 Reales online. A few look like this one but many are very difficult to tell. I've been collecting them for years and returned a few because they were very very good counterfeits. That being said, I'm a hobbyist jeweler and I know the methods used very well, most convincing ones are lost wax cast with a good silver alloy. Sadly this method isn't apparent until you have the coin in hand or at least every angled image imaginable.

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