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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1904 Gold $20 Double Eagle

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Counterfeit Coins –  1904 Double Eagle


By Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) ……

This counterfeit coin 1904 Double Eagle specimen exhibits relatively sharp design details, and its composition is virtually identical to that of a legitimate specimen.

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United States gold coins have been extensively counterfeited for decades and counterfeit coins are known for virtually all dates, even the most common ones. Many of these spurious gold counterfeit coins were not originally intended to fool collectors; rather, they were created to satisfy the intense demand for gold coins from Middle Eastern merchants in the 1960s and ’70s.fake_1904_20_rev

These counterfeit coins typically had a high gold content and many were imported to the United States where they were eventually purchased by unsuspecting collectors.

Nonetheless, there are several problems that help identify it as a counterfeit. The fields, particularly in the periphery, appear altered and dull. There are also a number of raised lines and tiny lumps near the denticles and through the letters in the legends.

For example, a raised line bisects the Y in TWENTY on the reverse and a small lump is seen immediately to the left of the D in DOLLARS. More minuscule lumps can be found in Liberty’s coronet between the letters of LIBERTY.


These counterfeit US gold coins have been commonplace for several decades, although their numbers began to dwindle in the late 1980s with the establishment of third-party grading services.

For collectors unfamiliar with these older fakes, they can sometimes be quite deceptive. There are many diagnostics, however, especially the raised lines and lumps, that are common to a lot of these illegitimate pieces and familiarity with these issues will make detection significantly easier.

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Numismatic Guaranty Company
Numismatic Guaranty Companyhttps://www.ngccoin.com/
NGC was founded in 1987 and has become one of the largest third-party grading services. Their parent company is the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG).

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    • Tom:
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