1984 Engelhard Prospector 1 Ounce Silver Round

Notable Differences

  1. The field finish is proof-like on the counterfeit, where genuine rounds have a more matte-like appearance.
  2. The prospector has a frosted finish on the counterfeit round.  The finish on the genuine round is very close to that of the background.  The counterfeit also lacks fine detail in the water, shirt, and face.
  3. The radial dots are larger and more distinct on the counterfeit round.
  4. The E is lightly textured on the genuine round, but smooth on the counterfeit round.  The globe lines are also narrower on the counterfeit, and there is a vertical line in the center of the counterfeit that is not present on the genuine round.
  5. The 999+ FINE SILVER lettering is closer to the radial dots on the counterfeit round, with the 999+ almost touching the dots.  The lettering on the genuine round is evenly spaced away from the dots.

Discussion & Detection

The counterfeit round lacks fine detail and there is much more contrast between the proof-like field and frosted prospector image than on the genuine round.  The counterfeit diameter is slightly larger than the genuine piece.  The differences are very apparent when the two are side-by-side, but the counterfeit by itself is good enough to sneak by some who have not handled many genuine Prospectors, or may even be mistaken for a rare genuine Prospector proof.

Additional Info

  • Brand: Engelhard
  • Metal: Silver
  • Shape: Round
  • Nominal Weight: 1 Troy Ounce
  • Year: 1984
  • Genuine Weight (g): 31.30
  • Counterfeit Weight (g): 30.71
  • Genuine Diameter (mm): 38.72
  • Counterfeit Diameter (mm): 39.94
  • Genuine Thickness (mm): 3.01
  • Counterfeit Thickness (mm): 3.16
  • Genuine Edge Type: Reeded
  • Counterfeit Edge Type: Reeded
  • Genuine Material: 999 Silver
  • Counterfeit Material: Silver Plated, Brass Core

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