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Back in the vault there is a little puzzle. It is an Indian coin or is it? Here is the problem in brief. Indian Rupees are often faked, are not precisely made when real, and come in many varieties.
I strongly suspect this coin is a fake due to the rough edge and the cracks on the weakly pressed surface.
The security edge has the •\•/•\•/•\•/•\•/•\•/•\ pattern that is quite large so it would be Type II of the security edge varieties. Two strange gaps on the edge are on opposites sides may indicate a casting but I have seen many real rupee edges that are out of collar and crooked.
The front and back of the coin are weak. If this is a true that an improperly aligned die strike would also cause this and the edge problems. You cannot make out the word INDIA and barely the Hindi भारत.
The weight is also off. Normally it should be 9.00 grams but this one is about 9.14 grams. Again signs of fake coins is being underweight but this one is well overweight.
There is no conclusion. I have not studied Indian coins long enough to make an educated guess. I am leaning towards fake but research online favors an abnormal real coin.
Here's the stats...
Type/Country: 5 Rupees / India, Republic of
Year: 1996 (C)
Mintage: Not yet known.
Value: $0.10 in Fine
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