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How to Identify Fake Kew Gardens 50p Coins

Circulated Kew
* Note the pointy tower and lines either side of the word KEW are present in some circulated coins.
* All circulated coins will show wear. Be wary of overly shiny coins as they may have been harshly polished.
* This is the one most collectors need to fill their 50p albums.
Brilliant Un circulated Kew. © Chards
* The surface of a BUNC will be very shiny, but not quite mirror-like, like on the Proof/fake versions.
* BUNC should always be near-immaculate. Be wary of damaged BUNC coins, as they may be altered fakes.
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Proof Kew. © Check Your Change
* Only Proof and Silver Proof will show a frosted portrait and design & have a mirror-like finish.
* Silver proof should always come with box and certificate.
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Re-strike Kew. © Royal Mint
* Watch out for the 2019 "Restrike". Different obverse and slight changes to the reverse too.
* These 2019 coins are worth much less than the original.
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Kew Version 1 Kew Version 1
* Neck points to the E in PENCE. It should point to the P.
* Lack of detail in queens eye & excess detail in her hair.
* Frosted portrait and design & mirrorlike fields. (Seen on all Real Proofs)
* Pointy Tower & Kew Lines. (Some circulated, & ALL Bunc/Proof have this)

Kew Version 2 Kew Version 2
* Much the same as Version 1 other than the word COPY.
* Queens neckline now points towards the P.
* Also seen as a non-frosted version fashioned into a keyring
* & a potentialy slightly different frosted version (both below)
Kew Version 2.2 Kew Version 2.2
Kew Version 2.3 Kew Version 2.3

Kew Version 3 Kew Version 3
* No edge / rim on the coin which is an obvious flaw.
* Extra large portrait, IRB & obverse lettering.
* Noticeable extra detail on the queens hair too.

Kew Version 4 Kew Version 4
* Large, manly shaped portrait.
* Fat, bulbous pagoda design, and fatter obverse lettering too.

Kew Version 5 Kew Version 5
* Spitting-Image style portrait with dodgy looking features.
* Leaning tower, which features terrible detail.
* No IRB initials & No dots between obverse legend.
* Golden colour to the coin itself and a grainy texture too.

Kew Version 6 Kew Version 6
* Surprisingly good fake at certain photo angles.
* Slight font differences on the obverse.
* Queen has some 'road-rash' on her cheek.

Kew Version 7 Kew Version 7
* Chubby Cheeks portrait with a very roman nose.
* IRB lettering is too large, as is the queens earring.
* Pagoda has no detail whatsoever & stops before the edge of the coin.
* Neckline is incorrect and seems to point more towards the E.

Kew Version 8 Kew Version 8
* Grainy surface texture.
* No detail on the pagoda & disappearing top.
* IRB initials too large, as is the obv text.
* Rounded corners of the coin.

Kew Version 9 Kew Version 9
* COPY below portrait.
* Fat, Stodgy lettering / font.
* Distinctive line between leaves.
* Lacking steps/lines near word KEW.

Kew Version 9 Kew Version 9.2
* Described as the "Perfect Proof Copy" - It really isn't!
* Pagoda roof not pointy enough for proof
* Frosted design elements, not seen on circ/bunc.
* Obverse font still too bold on legend.
* Unusual texture on some leaves.
* Nose, Ear and earring too pronounced.
* Some crown elements are too pronounced.
* Neckline ends too abruptly.

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