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Counterfeit Detection: 1916 Gold Cuban 10 Pesos

 
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NGC - The denticles and edge of a coin can give important clues about whether it is genuine.

The 1915-16 Cuban 10 Pesos are very interesting pieces of numismatic history. Although they are Cuban coins, they were struck at the Philadelphia Mint from dies sculpted by Chief Engraver Charles Barber - one of the last projects he worked on before his death in 1917.

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Because of this connection to the United States, they are quite popular with US and world collectors alike. However, because they do trade for a premium in the marketplace, they have been heavily counterfeited. NGC graders recently caught one such fake in a recent submission.


Counterfeit Cuba 1916 Gold 10 Pesos


Like many well-executed fakes, the counterfeit is of a high enough quality to fool many casual collectors and dealers. It is of the correct weight and metal content, but the surfaces look a bit off and different from the surfaces of a genuine example. It is much easier to spot when you compare it to a genuine example.


Geniune Cuba 1916 Gold 10 Pesos


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Besides the Cuba 10 Pesos, fakes of the Canadian gold Ten Dollars 1912-13-14 also exist, have the same specifications as U.S. Eagles.

Fakes can never be identified by comparing alloy, weight or diameter. They can all be derived by using a common U.S. Eagle for source material.
Can only be compared by design detail and striking characteristics, as indicated in this linked article.

When buying rare U.S. gold that has high numismatic value over melt, always have it professionally verified before committing to the purchase.
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