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.


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  • 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.



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