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Something smells fishy ...

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Looking at this coin makes me go "hmmmmmm".


At first glance - 1842 8Reales, but it has medal alignment! Looked through Krause and didn't see anything that would indicate that it should be anything other than standard coin alignment. Did I miss anything? Fake?


Thanks in advance,







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To the best of my knowledge, those coins were made with a medal turn.


A medal turn is in fact, far more common in foreign coins than a coin turn.

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I attributed that to a bit of an off-center strike, or just poor minting. Zacatecas Mint was not too greatly concerned with quality in mid-1800s. It appears to be silver and no other material can be seen "bleeding through" the worn part of the eagle.

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