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 Posted 01/31/2017  11:42 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Post counterfeits - modern forgeries, to be precise - of any coins worth less than $10 in average condition. This is not limited to US coins, hence adding a value reference of some sort would also be helpful.

Are there any too cheap to fake coins?

Here's something to start with. All images in this post have been taken from the Chinese site. All listings had either an outright statement that the coins are forgeries or at least a very obvious suggestion that they aren't the real thing.

Fake:
Mercury dimes - 1940-1945 (various mintmarks)
NGC price guide: VF $3.10, XF $3.25



Fake:
Buffalo nickels - 1936D and 1936S
NGC price guide: VF $2.25 and 2.00, XF $5.50 and 4.75 respectively.



Fake:
Roosevelt dime - 1964
NGC price guide: VF $1.85, XF $1.90



Fake:
Wheat cents - 1949, 1954S, 1955D, 1956D, 1957D, 1958
NGC price guide: VF $0.08, XF $0.10 (1949), VF $0.09, XF $0.10 (1954S), VF $0.08, XF $0.09 (all others).


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 Posted 01/31/2017  12:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Goldflake to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's a matter of time before banks start checking for counterfeit coinage.
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United States
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 Posted 01/31/2017  12:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fake common date, mid-grade wheat cents? I can honestly say I have never heard of those, and would never think twice about any non-key Wheat cent.

Most bizarre I have seen is a few counterfeit modern nickels over on the US forum. I think it was the 2004 Keel boat design, which is still readily available in MS from circulation.
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United States
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 Posted 01/31/2017  12:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TroyWhite to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The fact that China is producing such large numbers of counterfeits is actually turning me
away from some areas of the hobby. Another board had a Carr article stating that old mint
presses were sold to China to be used for making their coins. Instead just this one facility
is producing 100,000 fakes a month!
How does the collector protect oneself from the dishonest? How many fakes will it take to
remove all trust and crater prices for bars and raw coins?
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United States
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 Posted 02/02/2017  1:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Imagine the 1916D Mercury dime with a mintage (now due to China) of about 10,000,000,000 or more.
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 Posted 02/02/2017  2:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Druu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This doesn't qualify as a modern fake, but I've got to mention the Hennings nickel here. He wasn't after a huge pay day for a rare coin, he was after five cents.
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 Posted 02/17/2017  1:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DL20K to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Japan, 50 sen, 1946 (year 21). There were two dates and this is not the rare 1947 (year 22). This is the common one, with a value of $0.50/$1.00 according to NGC in VF/XF respectively.





Notes: not all of the characteristics I highlighted appear on all fakes, not all have such porous surfaces either.
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