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Thread: How Do I Tell If a US Plate is Real or Fake?

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    How Do I Tell If a US Plate is Real or Fake?

    At a nearby antique shop I almost had a heart attack when I saw a U.S. belt plate for $15 in the corner of some booth full of random items. I made a discussion not to buy it until I could tell if it is real or not. What should I look for when determining if it is a real or fake buckle. I forgot to take photos sadly.

    It looks like this (including the back), but this is just going off of memory of what I remember seeing. Brown patina. (NOT MY BUCKLE)
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    That can I look at there when telling if it is the real deal or not, going tomorrow. Thanks!

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    Last edited by coinman123; Feb 05, 2018 at 04:04 PM.
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    For 15...... I would take a chance
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    Quote Originally Posted by villagenut View Post
    For 15...... I would take a chance
    I regret not buying it on the spot. I think I will tomorrow so I don't have the chance of passing up a real one.
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    Yes, I think $15 is a steal.
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    One way to tell. If a reproduction the lead in the back will be totally full. The real ones didn't have overbrimming lead. Also most times the lead on the back will have a whitish color. The hooks will be solid, not flimsy. There are quality reproductions out there.
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    You can always sell it for $20 If it isn't the real thing. I just hope I to get a another chance at one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by villagenut View Post
    For 15...... I would take a chance
    ditto, even if a repo not a bad price. Hard to tell from picture if its good or not though

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    us
    Knowledge in machine struck coinage and colonial through 1800's Relics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tpmetal View Post
    ditto, even if a repo not a bad price. Hard to tell from picture if its good or not though
    That's not mine, an online photo of a similar type for reference.
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    1723 irish penny
    1730 KG coin toy
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    1779, 1781 Real, ? 1 Real
    NJ Copper 1786
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    26 Coppers 17 colonial
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    40 Musket Balls
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    us
    Knowledge in machine struck coinage and colonial through 1800's Relics.

    Feb 2013
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    I bought it! Some deep old scratches, and small dents. Do you think it is real or fake?

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    Last edited by coinman123; Feb 05, 2018 at 04:02 PM.
    2014-2017 Finds
    1700s Sundial
    165? french liard
    1696 1774 1730s 17?? copper
    1723 irish penny
    1730 KG coin toy
    2x AU 1803 LC
    1722 1/2 Penny
    1779, 1781 Real, ? 1 Real
    NJ Copper 1786
    1805,1838 LC
    26 Coppers 17 colonial
    175 1720-1850 buttons
    40 Musket Balls
    1906 1912 1934 dog Lics
    16 1700s Buckles 1 silver
    2 1700s spigot
    3 Thimbles 1 silver
    Cleaning Finds:
    http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ge...ns-relics.html

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    MY guess is fake. No oxidation on the lead backing
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