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Counterfeit Detection: 1879 Shield Nickel

 
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NGC - This poor imitation of a key-date nickel has numerous problems, including its year.

The 1879 Shield nickel is one of the key dates for this short-lived series that followed the Civil War. Price guides suggest Mint State examples should be worth well over $1,000. Shield nickels were notoriously poorly struck as their hard composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel was not kind to the US Mint's machinery.


Genuine 1879 Shield nickel graded NGC MS 63

The NGC grading team recently received a purported example of an 1879 Shield nickel that appears to have been frustrating for whoever struck it. Both sides of the fake coin show plenty of problems that resulted from a weak strike and poor details on the die.


Counterfeit 1879 Shield Nickel

The date looks particularly messy and wobbly, especially when compared to the genuine article. Even if the counterfeiter had done a better job with the date, the area surrounding it is covered in spikes. These "tool marks" are evidence that the fake coin had a significant problem in this area that required extra work on the part of the counterfeiter.


Close-up view of date on genuine (left) and counterfeit (right)

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 Posted 03/18/2021  5:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can't believe someone would purchase something like this and then send it in to be graded...

What P.T. Barnum allegedly said...
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 Posted 03/18/2021  7:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Close-up of the date aside, that looks pretty convincing to me.
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I could likely have been fooled by this if shown only photos of the coin.

Good reminder to gain knowledge of whatever series you collect before making coin investments.
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 Posted 03/18/2021  7:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fortcollins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


The central devices aren't that bad. The peripherals are off a bit. The date is a mess. Give it a typical eBay photo, and it would dupe some buyers.
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In the counterfeit, the "WE" is almost on top of the device where in the real coin there is a sizeable gap between the two.
Also. in the counterfeit the star above the "T" in "CENTS" points slight off center towards the "T" whereas in the real coin the star points dead straight along the axis of the "T".
Of course, the most glaring thing with the counterfeit is that the left dot is missing in front of "CENTS"!
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