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Jack Young’s Fun With Fakes – 1872-CC Seated Liberty Dollar

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ……
Moving on from my initial installment of this CoinWeek exclusive series and following the same format, I present a very counterfeit 1872-CC Liberty Seated dollar!

In my initial review of this one, I circled some marks of interest to look for going forward.

Counterfeit 1872 Liberty Seated One Dollar coin. Image: Jack Young.
Counterfeit 1872 Liberty Seated One Dollar coin. Image: Jack Young.

The following example was bid up to over $500 USD before it was removed from the venue.

Removed eBay listing.
Image: eBay.

Same seller, different example. There are several matching reverse marks between the two fake coins:

Counterfeit 1872 Liberty Seated One Dollar coin. Note the placement of the CC mintmark. Image: Jack Young.
Counterfeit 1872 Liberty Seated One Dollar coin. Image: Jack Young.

I circled the Carson City “CC” mintmark as there was only one die/mintmark location for the 1872-CC. It is noted that the reverse was initially used on the 1870-CC coins.

CC mintmark placement side-by-side comparisons between fake and real coins.
Image: Jack Young.

And of course, another one shows up for sale…

Counterfeit 1872 Liberty Seated One Dollar coin in a 2x2 holder. Image: Jack Young.
Counterfeit 1872 Liberty Seated One Dollar coin in a 2×2 holder. Image: Jack Young.

The first “twist” to this story is finding a selling site for these:

Etsy listing of a fake 1872-CC Liberty Seated dollar. Image: Etsy.
Etsy listing of a fake 1872-CC Liberty Seated dollar. Image: Etsy.
Etsy listing of a fake 1872-CC Liberty Seated dollar. Image: Etsy.
Image: Etsy

A mere $16.62 versus $500+ for an example of the 1872-CC Seated Liberty dollar… seems like quite the bargain.

The second twist for this story is that other dates with the common bad CC reverse come to the party, as well.

Counterfeit 1871-CC Liberty Seated Dollar fake coin. Image: Etsy.
Image: Etsy.

And an 1873 as well as an 1870 back on the ‘Bay – kind of a “family” reunion!

Counterfeit 1873-CC Liberty Seated dollar. Image: eBay.
Counterfeit 1873-CC Liberty Seated dollar. Image: eBay.
Counterfeit 1870-CC Liberty Seated dollar. Image: eBay.
Counterfeit 1870-CC Liberty Seated dollar. Image: eBay.

Well, once again, it looks like these fake coins may be with us for a while.

Best,

–Jack


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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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