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How to verify a genuine 1 keping sarawak coin from a counterfeit

A few days ago, I received an email asking me on how do we verify a genuine 1 keping sarawak coin from a counterfeit.

” Append below is the sender’s email:

hi peter.. i have a james brooke 24 sept 1841 coin.. how do I know its not counterfeit ? ” A few days the below said pictures were sent to me.

1 Keping Sarawak Scarce coin

1 keping Sarawak scarce coin

Sincerely I am not an expert on this but happen to have two (2) counterfeits coins which I have earlier sold to fellow collectors so maybe I am the better person to at least answer them.

Below is my reply to him ( now added with a few more pointers)

A bit of history:
(a) the 1841 counterfeits came out on the market in 1971.
(b) counterfeits occur in the copper and brass 1 keping

How to differentiate:
(i) the hair on the badger is missing;
(ii) the lettering on the obverse and reverse differs from that on the original;
(iii) the beads are not equally spaced and gaps occur in between;

(iv) some of the teeths are missing from the rims of the coins
(iv) the most obvious difference is that there is no dot after the initials J.B on the obverse of a genuine coin but on a counterfeit coin there is a dot after the initials J.B.

(v) Ensure that the normal details of this coin are met namely Edge:Plain; Weight:1.75 grammes; Diameter: 21.5mm; Composition: Copper and Brass

If you wish to know more about this 1 keping coin, please see my earlier article where a sample of my counterfeit is in that post.


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