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My aunt was digging and found this coin I attached front back photos of this coin it's a 1975 pavlvs vi pony maximvs and has a small stamp on the front that's all I know how can I tell if it's real or not? Thank you

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Hi Patrick,
This is a souvenir medallion, one of many designs that were sold to tourists in Rome throughout most of the late 20th century. They are generally base metal alloy with silver wash. Some solid silver pieces were made also, which were stamped. I cannot make out the stamp on your piece from the picture, but the silver ones would have a symbol or letters (hallmark) and number (purity). If this is what you have on your piece then it's one of the solid silver ones and worth around $15 to $25 (auction versus retail). Non-silver ones are worth $5 to $10.
Thanks for the question! :)

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My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.

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Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

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A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

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