How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Fake Gold Coin

How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Fake Gold Coin

By Tony Davis – Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers ......   We recently met with an individual that was interested in selling a Canadian gold...
Counterfeit Coin Detection - 1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

Counterfeit Coin Detection by Paul Sandler - Grader/Researcher, Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) ......   Altered dates and outright counterfeits are the two most common types of...
From the Dark Corner: An "Authenticated" Counterfeit 1872-S Half Dollar

From the Dark Corner: An “Authenticated” Counterfeit 1872-S Half Dollar

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   In my previous installment of this CoinWeek exclusive series, I discussed examples that do NOT match...

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) ......   Raised areas and the incorrect shape of the mintmark identify this 1881-S Morgan as a counterfeit. The 1881-S...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1972 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

GENUINE 1972 Double Die Lincoln Cent - courtesy of Heritage Auctions.   By Max Spiegel - Numismatic Researcher, NGC ......   Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently received a...
Live or Memorex- a Dark Side Struck Counterfeit 1797 Large Cent

Live or Memorex – A Dark Side Struck Counterfeit 1797 Large Cent

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   Continuing on the theme of deceptive struck counterfeits, this is likely my most ambitious research article...

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...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1872 Seated Liberty Silver Counterfeit Dollar

1872 Seated Liberty Counterfeit Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) ......   Rough texture and minuscule raised dots within the recesses are clues that...

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

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

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 Pioneer...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1928 Peace Dollar

Counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollar   By Max Spiegel - Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) ......   Since so many counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollars are, in fact, altered 1923 coins,...

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. One example...

Bad Money – Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Fake Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur "The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived." -- attributed to...
Counterfeit Coin Detection - Fake 1885-CC Morgan Dollar in Fake GSA Holder

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake 1885-CC Morgan Dollar in Fake GSA Holder

Counterfeit Coin -  1885-CC Morgan Dollar   By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) ......   At first glance, the counterfeit coin GSA holder looks similar to...

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...

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: Repaired 1836 Gobrecht Dollar + 1-Page Attribution Guide

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 Coins: Another Family of Struck Fake Large Cents - Jack D. Young

Struck Counterfeit Coins: Another Family of Struck Fake Large Cents

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   It has been a while since I wrote my CoinWeek article on the "family" of large...

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...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1875 Indian Head Cent Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   Many Chinese counterfeits are made from dies that are...
Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit 1921-D Half Dollar   By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   The numerous abrasions were copied from a genuine specimen and will appear on...

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...

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...

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: An Interesting 1798 “S-158 Large Cent” + 1-Page...

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,...

From the Dark Corner: An “Authenticated” Counterfeit 1901-S Barber Quarter

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   In the dark corners of my mind I hadn't anticipated writing this article as this is...
Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: “1785” Bar Copper - Jack D. Young, EAC

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: “1785” Bar Copper + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   This is only my second article regarding counterfeit Colonial “coins”, following one published here on CoinWeek...
Counterfeit World Coins: South Korea 1959 50 Hwan - PCGS

Counterfeit World Coins: South Korea 1959 50 Hwan

There is a danger in complacency   By Jay Turner for PCGS ......   Just because something is common, not very expensive, or of modern production doesn’t mean...
Counterfeit Coin Detection - 1882 $3 US Gold Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1882 $3 US Gold Coin

Counterfeit 1882 $3 US Gold By Max Spiegel - Numismatic Researcher, NGC ......   On the "Omega" $3 US Gold coins, the counterfeiter’s signature can be seen...
Counterfeit Coin Detection - Chinese Counterfeit 1800 Draped Bust Dime

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Chinese Counterfeit 1800 Draped Bust Dime

Counterfeit 1800 Draped Bust Dime   By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) ......   Draped Bust dimes, struck 1796 to 1807, had fairly low mintages, although...

Counterfeit Coin Detection: United States 1892 Half Eagle Gold Coin

Counterfeit Gold Coin -  1892 Half Eagle   By Max Spiegel - Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   Many counterfeit gold coins originated in the 1960s and '70s in...

Counterfeit Detection – Oregon Trail Commemorative Silver Half Dollar

Counterfeit Oregon Trail commemorative silver half dollar  - A closer look reveals plenty of problems on this coin's surfaces   By Numismatic Guaranty Company ......   The Oregon...