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Counterfeit Detection: Always Check For Altered Dates - French Ecu Of Louis XVI

 
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PCGS - While many experts check for date and mint mark alterations on key-date coinage, especially that of the United States, it is important to check on all coins, even common ones, because sometimes you will find a surprise. A curious alteration was detected in a recent Paris Express Submission to PCGS Europe.

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France "1781" Ecu with Altered Date



Genuine France 1781-I Ecu


A French Ecu of Louis XVI was submitted for certification and grading. The coin was described as a "1781-I" from the Limoges Mint. Under inspection, it was revealed that this coin was actually an altered 1784-I Ecu. There is a price difference between the 1784 and the 1781 Ecu coins from the Limoges Mint, with the 1781 being a better coin than the 1784, but it is not a coin often seen as an altered date.

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