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Two Online Counterfeit 1883-CC Morgans in Bad Slabs

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC), and the Dark Side Group ……
This article presents two more recent listings–purported 1883-CC Morgan dollars–from a Chinese bad seller of counterfeit “coins” in fake “PCGS” slabs. The first example has some of the best seller images I have seen for these, but things go sideways pretty quickly upon further review!

Purported 1883-CC Morgan Dollar.

Those familiar with genuine PCGS slabs will notice at least one thing missing:

Counterfeit 1883-CC Morgan dollar in fake PCGS slab.
Counterfeit 1883-CC Morgan dollar in fake PCGS slab.

And then there is the barcode:

Barcode Reader, 1883-CC Morgan Dollar Fake Slab.

But, most importantly, there is the “coin”.

Attributing it (always my first step) to known genuine specimens (“VAMS”) shows a unique example for this date’s Carson City mint mark location/placement:

1883-CC Morgan dollar mintmark comparisons vs. subject example.
1883-CC Morgan dollar mintmark comparisons vs. subject example.

And comparing it to the known common reverse used for all years of these counterfeits (like the 1881-CC), you see common features:

Counterfeit 1883-CC Morgan Dollar diagnostics. Image: Jack Young.
Counterfeit 1883-CC Morgan Dollar diagnostics. Image: Jack Young.

Unfortunately, the online cert used for this one is no help, as there are no images of the genuine example.

PCGS Certification Verification Screen. Jack Young, Image 6.

Looking through the PCGS auction archive, however, turns up another example with a different cert.

PCGS Auction Lookup, 1883-CC Morgan Dollar.

Clicking “original lot” shows this example:

PCGS 1883-CC Morgan Dollar, Genuine.

And this one does have an online cert image:

PCGS Certification Verification Screen.

Comparing this bad example to the genuine one (on the right) yields these images:

1883-CC Real vs. Fake Comparison.

Side-by-Side comparisons.

Swing and another miss!

Comparing both counterfeit Morgan reverses, we see the same bad mintmark location and major flaw:

1883-CC Morgan Dollar Real vs. Fake Comparisons.

And the “punch line”…

EBay Item Not Found screen.

Remember, it’s a continual GROWING jungle out there!

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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