I'm seeing some raised blemishes, and poor/missing detail especially in the arm and sword. I suspect, but can't prove, it is a fake. Don't have my attribution guide handy so I can't tell which die pair this is supposed to be.
All I have are the reverse attributions. I know obverse 2 has a repunched second "S" in STATES (to the east of the "S") and
a repunched second "A" in AMERICA (south from the "A"). The OPs coin is not obverse die 2 because it doesn't have the repunched "A." I think obverse die 1 just has the repunched "S" and I think
I can see that here.
DuVall A Reverse. Tip of bottom leaf over 1; 14 leaves; long stem points at last 0.
DuVall B Reverse. Tip of bottom leaf between 1 and 9; 14 leaves; average length stem almost straight.
DuVall C Reverse. Tip of bottom leaf over 9; 14 flat leaves; very short stem curved down
DuVall D reverse. Tip of bottom leaf over 9; 15 wide spread leaves; stem curved a little bit up
The OPs coin definitely is a B reverse. I really
wish I could find my obverse attribution for obverse die 1, because that's very likely what it is. If it's a DuVall 1B, that would be common and expected.
My gut reaction when I saw the pics was a circulated Lafayette that had been whizzed for jewelry or whatever. I agree, the weak sword does look off, though.
The only counterfeit diagnostic photos I have are for the Serbian counterfeit, and this doesn't match that counterfeit. I don't have diagnostic photos for the gaggle of Chinese counterfeits, though.
That's the best I can do with what I can lay my hands on right now.
Edited by fortcollins
07/10/2019 9:55 pm