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Counterfeit Detection: 1894-O Morgan Dollar

 
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 Posted 10/16/2020  10:22 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CCFPress to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
NGC - In places, the strike actually appears too strong on this fake, which may have been struck using laser-created dies.

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The common saying "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is" can definitely be applied to numismatics. Certainly, there are exceptional survivors of rare vintage issues that somehow escaped mishandling since their striking, but the buyer must always beware. NGC graders recently spotted this counterfeit 1894-O Morgan with a much-better-than-average strike, especially for an O-Mint Morgan dollar.


Counterfeit 1894-O Morgan Dollar


At first glance, this coin appears to be an extremely expensive high-grade 1894-O Morgan Dollar—a coin that the NGC Price Guide values at $50,000 in MS 65. However, just a slightly closer look reveals some odd issues. The surfaces do not look like a genuine Morgan dollar, and the 9 in the date stands out from the other digits. Lastly, the obverse strike of the coin is much better than expected on a New Orleans minted Morgan dollar.


Genuine 1894-O Morgan Dollar


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 Posted 10/16/2020  11:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good read, thanks. Glad I don't collect expensive Morgans.
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Glad I can't afford to collect expensive Morgans.
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Quote:
Glad I can't afford to collect expensive Morgans.
Agreed, even more.

If I could afford that I would opt to invest this hypothetical money into a more impressive type set.
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Oof. $50k! Hope nobody actually bought that counterfeit.
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The counterfiet has a 78 or 21 arrow feather.


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