1796 castorland medal
Found this in a big pile of junk silver. Of all the auctions I've seen, this is the very best quality I've seen. So I'm starting to believe it might be fake. The "S" in PARENS, is NOT, even a little, cracked. So its either an original, or a reproduction. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks all.
No, I don't think it is a fake. It is probably a re-strike, like this one:
The strike is strong and crisp on your piece. Fakes usually have mushy, unnatural surfaces. The one above sold for $400 US dollars during a 2016 auction.
Your coin has been whizzed -- the fields have be brushed with a metal brush to try to bring out luster. It is a poor whizzing job, and drastically reduces value.
My guess is that your medal is worth $40 to $80.Reply