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1796 Large Cent ..is It Genuine?

 
 
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 Posted 03/05/2018  8:09 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add nownden to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I bought this off eBay a few years back. It was a great price and not many bids, so I took a chance on it. It was sold to me as authentic, but I've got my suspicions about her.



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 Posted 03/05/2018  8:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mark1959 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Letters and date don't look right to me. Others will chime in. Only 109 thousand minted.
The CENT on reverse doesn't look right either.
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03/05/2018 8:22 pm
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 Posted 03/05/2018  9:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are 11 varieties of the 1796 flowing hair large cent (Sheldon 81-91). Unfortunately this coin does not match any of them. :(

One of the most obvious diagnostics is the closed loops in the bow in the reverse wreath. The large circular loops do not match any of the known varieties.
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It was a great price and not many bids,


I guess that have told you something - Eh?
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 Posted 03/05/2018  9:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a fake, unfortunately.
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 Posted 03/05/2018  10:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ariette to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Letters and date don't look right to me.


I agree - the numerals of the date, particularly the "9" and the "6", look kind of fishy. I like to compare images of a coin I am considering with pictures from the PCGS CoinFacts website. It's a very useful database with thousands of images of all kinds of U.S. coins.
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 Posted 03/05/2018  10:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree, the new PCGS CoinFacts website is very useful.
Don't forget to check out the old CoinFacts website too - it's still helpful for information such as varieties.
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 Posted 03/05/2018  10:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OMG! Horrible fake. Not even close. See if that eBay seller is still around just for giggles.
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 Posted 03/06/2018  09:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Debrajc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Unfortunately...a very bad fake.
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 Posted 03/06/2018  12:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry, Charlie.



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 Posted 03/06/2018  1:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Another obvious problem is that on ALL of the 1796 Liberty cap reverses, both sides of the wreath terminated in a single leaf. On this the right branch ends in a double leaf.
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 Posted 03/06/2018  9:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mayflower2020 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Everyone bites for something in life that is too good to be true. I hope you didn't loose too much on it.

Welcome to the forum. I hope you stick around.
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