Counterfeit Coins Detection: California Fractional Gold

A few helpful tips can make sure you never get fooled by these sometimes deceptive fantasy pieces Period Three back-dated BG-1301A listed in California...

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1795 “S-76b” Large Cent

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   This installment starts with a 2012 internet-listed example deemed a counterfeit and removed from that venue;...

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1796 “S-85” Large Cent +...

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   This article is intended as a continuing summary of the deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date,...

Longtime Con Man Gets 8 Years in Federal Prison for $3...

By Federal Bureau of Investigation ....   A Beverly Hills man who has a long history of swindling investors and admitted most recently to participating in...

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: An Interesting 1798 “S-158 Large...

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   This is intended as a summary of the documented counterfeit 1798 “S-158” large cents to date,...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875-S Trade Dollar

Counterfeit 1875-S Trade Dollar By Max Spiegel, NGC....   One of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues is the Trade Dollar. Recently, one was submitted...

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1889-CC Morgan Dollar with Joined Halves

This forgery required the joining of two coins to mimic a rare year and mintmark combination Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ........   NGC graders identify counterfeit coins...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle

Counterfeit 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle   By Max Spiegel - Researcher, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ........   Semiprooflike appearance, thick lettering and raised lumps helped NGC graders identify...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1875 Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   Many Chinese counterfeits are made from dies that are not directly copied...

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: Repaired 1836 Gobrecht Dollar +...

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   Probably one of the most significant “finds” we as a group have made is this Gobrecht...

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1787 Massachusetts “4C” Half Cent...

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) for CoinWeek ......   A comment I have heard in regards to these latest struck fakes is that...

Counterfeit Coin Detection: US Gold 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit 1911-D Quarter Eagle By Max Spiegel - Numismatic Researcher, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   The 1911-D is the key Indian Head quarter eagle. Read...

From the Brink II: An Update on Struck Counterfeits & Damaged...

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) for CoinWeek ...... This article is intended as a continuation of the information reported in my previous...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter

Counterfeit 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) .....   As we’ve said in previous Counterfeit Coin Detection columns, no US coinage issue is immune...

Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1793 S-5 Wreath Cent + 1-Page...

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   Continuing on the theme of disclosing discovered current deceptive struck counterfeits and establishing one-page attribution guides...

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Spark-Erosion 1858 Flying Eagle Cent

Spark erosion counterfeit coins aren't made very frequently anymore because they are easy to spot once you learn how Spark-Erosion Counterfeit 1858 Flying Eagle Cent By...

Counterfeit Coins – A Mystery 1872-S “Half Dollar” and 1-Page Attribution...

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ...... One of the “coins” left out of my previous CoinWeek article on damaged source coins (for...

Counterfeit Coin Detection: A Morgan Dollar “Super-Fake” Revealed

Counterfeit 1884-S Morgan DollarBy Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   Lest you think spotting fakes is easy, take a look at this 1884-S Morgan Dollar. Each month...

Counterfeit Detection: 1963-D Roosevelt Dime with Altered Bands

Careful examination of this 1963-D Roosevelt Dime reveals an alteration to the torch By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ......   Coins are altered in a variety of ways...

Counterfeit Detection – Die Struck Counterfeit 1916-D Mercury Dime

1916-D Counterfeit Mercury Dime By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ......   Skillful identification of counterfeit coins is essential to the hobby. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently received a...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

Evidence of heavy polishing where the fourth leg should be - 1937-D Buffalo Nickel By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   The 1937-D 3 Legged...

From the Brink to the Dark Side: Early American Copper Struck...

By Jack D. Young for Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   As introduction, a member of Early American Coppers (EAC) posted on the club's Facebook page...

Counterfeit Detection: 2017 One Kilo Chinese Silver Panda 300 Yuan

This counterfeit 2017 Chinese Silver Panda 300 Yuan has sharper details than the genuine coin Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently received a peculiar-looking 2017 One...

Counterfeit Coins Detection: Check the Mintmark on the 1914-S Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit 1914-S Lincoln Cent By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   NGC graders identified a recently submitted fake 1914-S cent as a slightly above-average copy...

ICTA Names Industry Notables to Task Force Steering Committee, Forms Work...

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets .....   The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) has named an 11-member Steering Committee and has formed eight Work...

Altered Coin Detection: Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Cameo 1960 Franklin Half By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation(NGC) .......   A white "frost" was applied to this Franklin Half Dollar to give its elements a...

From Crime to Punishment – Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In...

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime

Counterfeit 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) .......   The design details on this Seated Liberty Dime counterfeit coin are soft, especially at...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Added S Morgan Dollar

A prominent area of discoloration around the mintmark is a sign that this Morgan Dollar is a counterfeit. By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ...... The vast majority...

Counterfeits – The Battle Begins

The best protection against the threat of counterfeits is to buy coins from a reputable source By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   My...