Outlandish Alteration of a Chinese Dollar

By Jay Turner for PCGS ......   With vintage Chinese coins, I have come to see unimaginably fantastic forgeries and alterations. Yet one alteration goes above...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter

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

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 Guide

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

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

Struck Counterfeits by Jack D. Young for Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   As introduction, a member of Early American Coppers (EAC) posted on the club's...
Deceptively Fake New Zealand Crowns - How to Identify the Real One - Paradime Coins

Deceptively Fake New Zealand Crowns – How to Identify the Real One

By Paradime Coins ......   There is no doubt that eBay is a force in Numismatics. Sometimes a positive one, as when a someone snipes the last-needed...

Modern Coin Counterfeit Detection – 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver 10 Yuan

Modern Counterfeit 2012 China Dragon 10 Yuan This particular counterfeit has reflective areas not seen on the authentic coin due to the die not being...

Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Warns Feds About Online “Coin” Seller

Promptly acting on a tip from a concerned collector, the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation’s (ACEF) Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) has notified law enforcement agencies and...

Counterfeit Detection: 1963-D Roosevelt Dime With Altered Bands

Careful examination of this 1963-D Roosevelt Dime reveals an alteration to the torch   Altered Roosevelt Dime by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ......   Coins are altered in a...
Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Helps Rid Marketplace of $1+ Million of Fakes in 2020

Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Helps Rid Marketplace of $1+ Million of Fakes in 2020

Funded only by donations, the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) worked with law enforcement agencies in 2020 to protect collectors, dealers, and the general...

NGC Experts Join Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Team to Fight Fakes

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation now ACEF’s official authentication service   Authentication experts from Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) are now assisting the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) in...

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

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

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 – 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime

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

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...

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...

Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Second “Family” of Struck Fake Draped Bust Dollars

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   As I noted in my past CoinWeek article on the 1795 "off-center" Bust dollar fakes, my...

The Continuing Threat of Counterfeits: A Problem for Numismatics and the NBA

By Michael Fuljenz – Universal Coin & Bullion ......   Counterfeit products – including fakes of rare and circulating U.S. coins and precious metal bullion coins– have been 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...
NGC Counterfeit 1903-S

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.   Morgan Dollar Counterfeit by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1854-O Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit 1854-O Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar Counterfeit Coins Profiled by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ..........   Numerous issues, such as depressions, raised lines, porosity and die damage,...

PCGS Announces NFC Technology Included in All Coin, Currency Holders

Professional Coin Grading Service leads numismatic hobby with a massive leap forward in anti-counterfeiting technology   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced that it will...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Australian Gold Sovereign of 1917 From Perth Mint

NGC graders recently identified a fake 1917 gold sovereign with the “P” mintmark of the Perth Mint in Australia.   By Max Spiegel - Numismatic Guaranty Corporation...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1893-O Morgan Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection by Ben Wengel - Grader, NGC ......   A recent 1893-O Morgan Dollar submission was confirmed a counterfeit when NGC graders identified one...

Collectible or Not? A Study of Ancient Coin Fourées

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Seemingly in accordance with human nature, people began producing counterfeits immediately after the first coins in the world were...

World Coin Counterfeit Detection – 1928 South African Gold Sovereign

Counterfeit 1928 South Africa Gold Sovereign By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   A group of four 1928 South African Sovereigns was recently submitted to NGC all...

CoinWeek Podcast #140: What Made Alexander Great?

 CoinWeek Podcast #140: What Made Alexander Great? Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on...

Anti-Counterfeiting: Attempt Made to Sell Fake $300,000 Gold Coin

Seller a suspect in another counterfeits case   Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent   1856 Flying Eagle cents. By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ......   Date alterations are the most common type of counterfeit seen By 1856...

Counterfeit Mintmarks? Watch Out for Embossed Mintmarks

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ......   The presence or lack of a particular mintmark can make or break the difference in the price of a...