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Counterfeit Detection: 1886-S Morgan Dollar With An Added Mintmark

 
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 Posted 09/28/2020  3:40 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
NGC - Beware: The alteration on this coin was done in one of the most convincing ways known.

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In 1886, nearly 20 million Morgan dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. On the other coast, the San Francisco Mint struck only 750,000 the same year. Of course, this difference in mintage means that the San Francisco dollars are much more valuable today.

NGC graders recently saw this purported 1886-S Morgan dollar, which appears to be a low Mint State example worth upward of $400 to $500. Unfortunately for the dealer who submitted this piece, this coin has an added mintmark.



At first glance, nothing really seems amiss from the obverse or reverse of this coin. The only issue that a Morgan collector may notice is the luster on this piece is softer than a normal San Francisco example, which more often is seen with stronger, more defined luster bands. However, even a close look at the mintmark does not show anything that suspicious. If it had been added, it would usually show more evidence of a seam or discoloration around the mintmark.

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 Posted 09/28/2020  4:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add smokeriderdon to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good to know!
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Great link, thanks.
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Wow thank you very helpful.
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 Posted 09/28/2020  6:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Incredible , Glad I never was one for Morgan's . Great info though .
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Very interesting, that would have been a tough one to catch.
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WOW - that is scary.
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Thanks, interesting read!
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i am a skeptic here,, it would take so much time to even try to fake a mint mark this way.. Just think about the tiny space available to work with, for all the effort it would be easier to make a better spark erosion die, to fake the coin..

Just my opinion of course, but I have seen this discussion before, and I can't see anyone taking this amount of time to fake a mint mark, for a couple of 100 $$
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Great thread - I would never have identified it a counterfeit
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