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Counterfeit coins from the ZAR in 1898 : Strange but True?

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If they counterfeited coins from the ZAR in 1898 (or attempted to do so), the reason for doing so would NOT have been to sell them to collectors (who on earth collected ZAR coins in 1898?).

It must have been to put them into circulation – so the coins would be struck in a cheap(er) metal so that the forgers could score on the difference between the silver price and whatever cheap metal the coins was / would have been struck in?

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