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A pretty bizarre 5 kopek counterfeit (copper plated lead)


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This coin has sparked an interest when I first saw it. While Swedish counterfeits of such 5 kopek are known and are quite rare, this brings counterfeit to a new level.


Presenting a copper plated lead 5 kopek. Yes, this is copper plated lead.




If you ask me, an original coin of 1796 AM 5 kopek is not terribly rare. Details are relatively good despite it's condition. While 5 kopek coins were common back then, this was still worth a fair amount of money. Therefore I believe this is a contemporary counterfeit that circulated back then.


I could be wrong and this may be part of a more modern counterfeit. What do you reckon?

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Details wise, this actually looks very good. I have taken some photos to compare against. I just happened to have the same type and mint by coincedence even though I am not a big fan of this type of coinage.



You can see where the plating clearly

Edge of the traces of copper

Couldn't take a good photo of the lead side however it's almost smooth

The weight of this coin is at 53.80g which is actually within tolerance level of this type of coin. I cannot help wondering if this was actually struck at the mint considering how good the detail is. But again, I don't know of any lead examples. On the other hand, I wonder how easy it was to get lead in such planchet and then copper plate it to make some money out of it.

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Very interesting. I wonder about the origins of the lead piece too. Contemporary or modern. Is there sufficient market and pricing to justify modern counterfeits with actual copper plating?

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These came to our town in Ukraine around 92. All kinds. Some of these, some 1725 5 cop, or about... Better quality than this. Disappeared very quickly.

There are people maybe in Russia still making these coins, fakes of the Konstantin ruble etc. I purchased some in Ukraine for very little money as educational pieces. I was surprised when I purchased them, seller could detect I was a foreigner from my accented Russian - and told me they are not real coins! Other times in Russia when I knew coins were obvious fakes the seller would insist they were real.

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