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Help With Authenticating This 1948 Silver Dollar?

 
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 Posted 10/28/2020  7:24 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add kel to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi there, new to the forum and have been collecting a couple years. I've heard about fake coins and got me concerned about the 1948 since due to the cost. Could I please have an opinion from the experienced here on whether this coin? I don't have a very accurate scale but it flips betwwen 20 and 23g. On one edge nick there's what seems to be a bit of copper coloring (not shown). Some greenish/redish toning. Is the ear OK? Thanks!

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 Posted 10/29/2020  04:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 10/29/2020  09:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 47P7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Today I have little time to play around with other authentic images of 48's.
so please do 2 things:
1 post a better image. (I know it is not all that easy)
2 compare your coin to one of mine (authentic) and let us know what you found.
good luck
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 Posted 10/29/2020  09:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Blind Squirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
First, welcome.

I think this is the 2nd 1948 in the last two days posted here where someone was concerned about authenticity.

It should weigh 23.33 =/- and should be a 80/20 silver/copper coin.

Not my area, but the date, specifically the 9 and 4, are suspect. The ear looks like it took a hit while in circulation. It also looks like the obverse was cleaned.
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 Posted 10/29/2020  09:46 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Blind Squirrel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

@47P7 beautiful example.
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 Posted 10/29/2020  3:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks everyone that responded to this and the kind welcomes. In response 47P7, thanks a lot and a response:

1. I'm posting a couple more pictures of details. It is tough, especially when reducing the resolution to get the picture size down enough to allow posting!
2. I did compare to your photo - the things that seem a bit different are: the size difference between the 9 and 4, and the head on the back paddler. But overall very close. What I'm struggling a bit in making a conclusion, due to lack of experience, is how much difference is there in a given year? No two strikes will be identical if looked at in minute detail, as the dies wear slightly over time, and possibly different sets of dies?

Any further thoughts/conclusions from others is appreciated! Great learning opportunity for me and hopefully others.



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 Posted 10/29/2020  4:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 47P7 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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at this time I will say a very careful : it is ok.(subject to coin in hand)
I believe there were at least 2 dies around at the time and there were slight difference....
personally I would not buy it!
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 Posted 10/29/2020  4:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tripoli to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm always curious why a $600 coin hasn't been certified.....it would only cost $25 or so with ICCS and would put the questions of authenticity to rest.
I notice toning around the lettering but not the surrounding fields. This and the numerous contact marks would put this coin into the VF+ to XF range if it doesn't come back with a qualifier.
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 Posted 10/31/2020  3:20 pm  Show Profile   Check Pokermandude's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pokermandude to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks authentic.
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 Posted 11/16/2020  12:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I did some research on these three years ago and two of the reverse dies have a distinct die line inside the 9. A third die (or more?) has nothing discernible inside the 9.

Die #1 has a line from about 1:00-4:00. It also has a "notched 4" repunch in the upper right corner visible at magnification.


Die #2 has a line from about 11:00-2:00.


Die #3 doesn't have anything notable inside the 9.


I can't tell from your images, but in-hand if you look carefully you might recognize #1 or #2. Overall your coin looks good to me anyway, but if you found either of these markers I think it would be definitive.

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