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1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Something's Not Right.

 
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 Posted 09/03/2018  7:21 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add DeputyMax to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
While I don't pretend to be an expert on spotting fake coins, I ran across this one and immediately the red flags went up.
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Everything about this coin seems to say fake, but like I said, I'm no expert.
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 Posted 09/03/2018  7:39 pm  Show Profile   Check GrapeCollects's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GrapeCollects to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree, counterfit/fake.
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 Posted 09/03/2018  8:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Compare the lettering font and size...
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 Posted 09/03/2018  8:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nothing jumps right out at me other than possibly the surfaces, but that might w=be explained by the fact that it appears to have been soldered to something in the past and later broken off. Possibly with an attempt to remove the solder.
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 Posted 09/03/2018  9:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jmwilson to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree. That coin is not as the seller describes. It was soldered to something and broken off. Maybe a money clip ...

Not worth $89 ... IMO
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 Posted 09/04/2018  10:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Doesn't look fake to me, IMO. But surfaces have certainly been altered, like Conder101 and jmwilson mentioned.
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 Posted 09/04/2018  11:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cipster to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It doesn't look fake to me. The reason that it looks 'different' is that 1834 was a year of change for bust half dollars - so it is different.

A new obverse master die was created with changes to the head, neck, and face. The letters and numbers were also different - large date and large letters, large date and small letters, or small date and small letters.
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 Posted 09/04/2018  10:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DeputyMax to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
OK, thanks everyone for your input. I'm not real familiar with the capped bust halves so your help is much appreciated.
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 Posted 09/04/2018  10:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wont speak to authenticity but I believe the reverse exhibits a legitimate mint error. IMO it's a lamination or other type of planchet flaw.
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 Posted 09/06/2018  11:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
IMHO .... Genuine with PMD.

This seller offers a great many problem, often heavily cleaned coins. I once returned a coin that was deceptively photographed. Consequently, I was later blocked from bidding on a rare counterstamp. I had a buddy purchase that one for me.
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 Posted 09/06/2018  11:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Agree, genuine with PMD.
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