If one reads https://www.deseretnews.com/article...e-penny.html
Many would consider this case closed.
While I don't know if the 1959 wheat is real or not (and it does not matter to me), this article concerning Mark Hoffman claiming he made the coin does not provide much useful info.
The article says Hoffman is a criminal and a known liar. The bulk of the article tries to use Hoffman's ability to make expert-fooling forged documents be evidence towards him making this coin (two different world's).
The only faked coins Hoffman made for sure that are mentioned are simplistc:
When he was still in grade school he sold a friend a nickel with a buffalo on both the front and back (when the friend got it home and took it out of the plastic, it turned out to have been two nickels glued together)
Later, as a teenager, he sold at least one coin whose mint mark he had altered...
Considering these two attempts were easily discovered, Hoffman's cited forged coins are a far cry from the alleged '59 Wheat cent
that was called genuine after:
...investigated last spring by the Counterfeit Division of the U.S. Secret Service, which declared the coin authentic. The testing included examination under a 200-power optical scanning electron micrograph, according to Coin World
The article also implies the specific gravity of the coin, as well as its weight, is in line with a real cent.
A fake coin that can undergo professional testing like this plus be submitted to the TPGS and have them make a "no decision" instead of outright calling fake also seems to indicate the issue is not settled.
All it would take would be 1 single undisputed match of a die marker to prove the coin indeed did come from the mint. Either compare Obverse or Reverse for matches.
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" more than what IS
right, I am then right...a fool.
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