Hello,I was just wondering what made you suspect that your French 1793 Revolution sol was a counterfeit? I bought one recently that is UNC and looks very similar to yours, so I want to make sure that it is real.Thanks,
Hi,Unfortunately I archived my emails in which the diagnostics of the Replica Revolutionary sols were described. As you can see this was from July, 2004. I believe one of the people who first brought the subject to my attention was Philippe Theret, one of the experts on Union et Force [5 franc] coins, his website is: http://www.union-et-force.com Another leading dealer in Paris who id’d the coin for me is Patrick Guillard http://patrickguillard.comI have a letter from him to me from 2009. He does mention that these are official restrikes made for the Centennial of the Revolution and as such they are very collectable. Originals in this condition are extremely rare and quite expensive. He has some originals (in lower grades) for sale on his website. It appears that the strike and method of manufacture was considerably cruder. Beyond that, I’d have to refer you to one of these gentlemen for a definitive diagnosis. The situation is the same for the early copper coins of Republican Peru, which were struck around 1822 and later restruck by the Peruvian Government as a commemorative in 1922 investigate this site.