Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1883 kalakaua dollar


I just got this silver dollar and i wanted to know if its real.
It doesnt get stuck to a magnet
It weighs 26.8 grams
It seems to be the correct size
But the obverse is not flipped. If you hold the coin head side up and spin it, with your index finger above the word king and your thumb below the date, the obverse is not upside-down.
Could i have an error coin or do i have a medallion?


P.S.  i tried to attach a picture but was unsuccesful.  It looks real and just like other cleaned coins i have seen online but the date is not as crisp of a strike like the others.  It looks "puffy".

What you describe are common signs of a replica. The puffy date means it was likely cast rather than struck. And of course the alignment of the two signs will not be the same on a genuine coin. The good news is that since the weight and size are correct, it may be a silver copy, so at least it will have some value in the silver.
Thanks for the question! :)

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Dmitry Livshits


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.


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

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

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