We notice numerous eBay auctions of WRL pieces which do not state "Reproduction" or "Replica" clearly in the title. We believe this is misleading.
Sometimes these sellers do include a statement in their item description which states the piece is a reproduction, although we think this word should appear in the title. Failure to include the word reproduction or replica in the title means potential buyers have to waste all awful lot of time reading the listing to find out whether the auction is for a real coin or not.
Westair Reproductions Limited
These are reputable manufacturers of reproduction coins, based in the Birmingham area of England. They supply reproduction or replica coins to museums and dealers. In general, these are good quality repros, made in various base metals. All are clearly stamped with the letters WRL.
There is nothing wrong with producing or selling reproduction and replica coins, provided they are clearly and accurately described, including in the item title.
Avoid Dodgy Sellers
Our advice is to avoid buying from dodgy sellers who fail to include vitally important keywords in the title. IT is a breach of eBay's listing policy, as it means that the item has a misleading title. While it is possible to report such listings to eBay, eBay do not make it easy to do so, and they often appear to take no action, unless they get enough complaints.
If you think an item is listed with a misleading title, we recommend reporting it to eBay, and see whether they respond.
Many of the people offering these repros on eBay are asking a relatively high price, perhaps double the price a museum would charge, so obviously making a good profit, possibly hoping that some punters or mugs will fail to read the item description, and think they are buying a genuine original coin at a bargain price. It is possible that once they receive their "coin", and eventually realise they have been "conned", they feel too embarrassed to complain, especially considering the low price they paid in relation to the price of a genuine original.
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Written by Lawrence Chard of Chard Coins. Any images and text are copyright and remain our intellectual property.
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