S Baldwin Horseman 10 Dollar Gold California 1850
So I bought this coin at an estate auction and it was with many other items. I bought this half hoping it'd be real but did automatically ASSUME that it wasn't going to be a genuine original copy because that's semi unheard of. I'm not much of a coin person but I'm a gold person and this is gold, I can tell that it is very aged you should be able to see the natural corrosion (very slightly) I did compare this to the original w/ loupe magnification. It is 100% on point in my (somewhat professional) opinion.
my question is, it what do you think? What is your opinion? What should I do next? Get the coin graded?
Thank you in advance.
Hi Emily --
To me, it looks like a well-known fake. Hopefully you are correct, but the pattern looks wrong to me.
Please take it to a jeweler and have it tested with an XRF analyzer. I think you will find it is not gold.
There is a picture of a genuine coin on this page: