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Testing Authenticity of South African Coins: Visual Identification

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Visual identification is an easy method that will help you test authenticity of your South African coins using some simple tools. Advantages of this method are that you can use it anywhere and will not take a lot of your time.

 To visually examine South African coins you will need:

  • good jewelers lens or a loupe to examine the finest details of your South African coin
  • authentic coin of the same type or a good picture of the coin
  • for picture comparison you will need a digital camera and a photo software with photo comparison features– with this method simply take a picture of your South African coin and compare it to a picture of authentic coin of the same type using photo comparison software.

If you are not very familiar with South African coins you are testing, you need to compare them to authentic coins of the same type or a good picture of an authentic coin, using a jewelers lens or photo comparison software.

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There are several features of South African coins you need to examine:

  • coin alignment: both sides of South African coin should be aligned properly
  • edge of the coin should be without irregularities such as union line, filing marks or different signs that should or shouldn’t be there, you can also count the serrations
  • surface of the coin should be without irregularities such as bubbly texture or worn parts on the plattered counterfeits, that reveal a second material on the lower layer of your South African coin
  • details: pay special attention to proper relief, date and mint mark on the South African coin, that should not be altered.

Source: A guide to identifying fake coins

 

More about testing authenticity of South African coins:

Testing Authenticity of South African Coins: Weight combined with diameter and thickness measurements – Part 3

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