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From the Dark Corner: An “Authenticated” Counterfeit 1927-S Standing Liberty Quarter

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ……
In the previous installment, I discussed an example that had been “tooled” to look like something it is not, with TOOLING referring to either the smoothing of a coin’s fields to remove scratches, corrosion and other forms of damage or to the restoration of lost details through the use of an engraver or knife.

In this installment, I will discuss counterfeits struck from dies made from damaged and repaired genuine source coins, with many starting as holed examples. And again I will start with the “Dark Corner” example: a key date in the Liberty Standing quarter series and one I nicknamed the “visor head” variety!

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Slab images (Certified as VF DETAILS IMPROPERLY CLEANED)
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A second example (on-line cert states “NOT GENUINE”)

During the research of this one I was able to determine the “source genuine example” used to create the counterfeit dies to strike the fakes:

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Holed genuine example

Comparison to one of the Dark Corner examples illustrates the effects of the repairs made:

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Left: Holed source example; Right: “NOT GENUINE” struck counterfeit example

Comparison of the struck counterfeits to a genuine example illustrates the following differences:

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Left: counterfeit example; Right: genuine example

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The counterfeits all show the effects of the repair and tooling to the genuine coin, as well as a matching set of scratches that should only be on one example!

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Common scratches; not a die state of a genuine one!

In summary, these should have at least been individually certified as details coins, either as holed/repaired or just “Tooled”. Collectively they should all be “NOT GENUINE” as stated in one of the certs.

For additional information on these, one can go to my more detailed CoinWeek research article at 1927-s-standing-liberty-quarter-1-page-attribution-guide/

Should you see one “out there”, report it! There are several unaccounted for.

Best as always,


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Jack D. Young
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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