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Hello.
I was given a Gold Saudi Arabia Guinea as a gift from my wife and the label on the package says it is from 1950.  How can I tell if it is an original 1950 guinea or a restrike?  Pictures I've seen online of originals and restrikes look the same?  My coin has a stylized 1 on one side between the palm trees and crossed swords on the other.

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Hi,
There aren't official restrikes, though there are some privately made ones. This is a popular practice in the mid-east and done with other coins such as British sovereigns. The ones I have seen of the 1950 Guinea are stamped with "MOM22", and are pure 22kt gold. The extra stamp is for legality purposes, and signifies the gold purity as well as the maker.

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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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