Fake? 1849 California Gold piece
Can anyone tell me if this 1849 California 1/2 dollar is fake? I'm inclined to think it is because it looks like the gold has come off the surface or is discolored. I know nothing about coins. Thank you.
Looks as if its been plated like you say and its came off. A real gold coin would not do that. Search online for the weight of a genuine coin and check your coins weight against it. But I'd agree with your assumptions its Fake. It looks like a lead base coin. Similar to the fake UK pound coins we get here in the UK.
It could well be a novelty piece as some people call them or replica.