Jack D. Young

An engineer by training, Jack D. Young is a researcher and author on the subject of the recent wave of deceptive struck counterfeits. He is the founder of the "Dark Side" Counterfeits and Fakes Facebook watch group, a participating member of Early American Coppers (EAC) since 2002, the Liberty Seated Collectors Club (LSCC), C4, the NLG, the ANA, and the ANS. Jack has consulted on the subject of counterfeits and their effect on the Hobby with staffers of the United States Senate Finance Committee, a senior member of the U.S. Secret Service (both with the ACTF as an Expert Network volunteer), and agents of both CBP and the Department of the Treasury. His work has appeared in various club journals, including The Numismatist, and he was acknowledged for his research by Q. David Bowers in the latter's The Copper Coins of Vermont (2018). The ACTF awarded Jack Young the Alan Kreuzer Award in 2019 and the PNG presented him with the Sol Kaplan Award in 2022. He started collecting as a youth, filling a Lincoln penny board with his grandmother, and continues to collect low-grade early large cents by date and some varieties.
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From the Dark Corner: An Authenticated Counterfeit 1921 Walking Liberty Half Dollar

By Jack D. Young and the Dark Side Group ......   While my previous Dark Corner CoinWeek article featured a contemporary counterfeit Buffalo Nickel, this review...
From the Dark Corner: An Authenticated “Contemporary Counterfeit” Buffalo Nickel - Jack D. Young

From the Dark Corner: An Authenticated “Contemporary Counterfeit” Buffalo Nickel

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   As I have in all my previous CoinWeek “Dark Corner” articles,...
Jack Young's Top 5 Rare Coin Fakes, Part 2.

From the Dark Corner: Top Five Counterfeits I Have Seen, Part II

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   Charles recently asked me to compile a list of the...
Jack Young's Top 5 Rare Coin Fakes, Part I.

From the Dark Corner: Top Five Counterfeits I Have Seen, Part I

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   After the submission of my 50th exclusive CoinWeek article on counterfeits,...
Jack Young's Fun with Fakes - 1833 Capped Bust Half Dollars

1833 NOT PCGS Half Dollar Counterfeit – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   The subject of this installment of the exclusive CoinWeek series starts...
Ali Express allows sellers to list counterfeit US Coins in fake holders. 1893-CC Morgan dollar fake inset.

1893-CC NOT PCGS Morgan Dollar Counterfeits – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   Charles Morgan and CoinWeek have been burning the midnight oil, turning...
An "Old" 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar Counterfeit - Jack Young and the Dark Side Group

An “Old” 1921-D Half Dollar Counterfeit – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   Along the same lines as my Fun with Fakes article here...
Jack Young Fun with Fakes: 1807 Capped Bust Half Dollar

An 1807 Half Dollar and Friends – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   This latest installment of my CoinWeek exclusive series will initially focus...
Jack Young's Fun with Fakes 1799 Dollar

An “Old” 1799 Draped Bust Dollar – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   Since I wrote my article on an ANA documented counterfeit 1799...
Jack Young Fun with Fakes 1795-1796 Cent

1795 and 1796 Half Cents – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   My latest installment of this CoinWeek exclusive series is like a...
Jack Young - Counterfeit 1874-S Trade Dollar. Fun with Fakes.

Two New Counterfeit Dollar “Varieties” – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   I had the opportunity to participate in The Coin Show’s Live...
1857 Flying Eagle Cent fakes.

1857 Flying Eagle Cent “Varieties” – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   A new installment of my CoinWeek exclusive series documents three different...

1798 Small Eagle Draped Bust Dollar – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   In a past CoinWeek article, I reviewed a “family” of counterfeits...

1794 Half Dollar and Relatives – Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   My latest installment of this CoinWeek exclusive series will initially focus...
Jack Young's Fun with Fakes: 1824 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Image: CoinWeek/ Adobe Stock/ Young.

Fun With Fake Coins – 1824 Capped Bust Half Dollar

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ...... My latest installment of this CoinWeek exclusive series concerning the more...
Jack Young 1872 Counterfeit Dollar Fakes Coins.

Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes – 1872-CC Seated Liberty Dollar

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ......   Moving on from my initial installment of this CoinWeek exclusive series...
Jack Young 1795 Dollar Fakes

Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes – 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ...... I am working on a concept for articles that cover some...
A Current Deceptive 1811 Half Cent Counterfeit

A Current Deceptive 1811 Half Cent Counterfeit

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ...... As a quick intro, I have had over 60 research articles...
Jack Young's 1883-CC Morgan Dollar Counterfeit Detection.

Two Online Counterfeit 1883-CC Morgans in Bad Slabs

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ...... This article presents two more recent listings--purported 1883-CC Morgan dollars--from a...
Capped Bust Quarter Dollar Fake.

From the Dark Corner: An “Authenticated” 1818 Counterfeit Capped Bust Quarter

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   Reporting exclusively for CoinWeek, the discovery of a “new” counterfeit - an 1818 B-10 “Homer Face”...