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1776 Continental Currency (Fake?)

 
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 Posted 05/10/2022  7:54 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add botanicalstig to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello!

I was given this in a box of coins by my grandmother. The coin collection belonged to my great-grandfather (passed in 93, don't know when or how he acquired this). Most of his coins were early 1900s, likely caught from the wild and stuck in a binder. Some were collected from foreign travel. It seems unlikely that he spent a fortune on something like this. But it also could have been given to him by his parents, grandparents etc. I know these are all always fake but I'm curious enough to get some eyes on it, or advice on how to confirm that it's counterfeit.

There seems to be some copper coloring coming through on the edges, does not appear to be rust. The coin is not magnetic. Weighed it at 20 grams with a run-of-the-mill kitchen scale. The coin is not flat- it's straight but one side is thicker than the other. It looks old and sort of sloppy. The counterfeits I've seen seem to weigh at 30+ grams, and look clean. This kind of looks like trash (maybe deliberately...)

Let me know if there's any hope, or any tell-tale signs that I'm overlooking.
Thanks!






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 Posted 05/10/2022  8:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
( I'm no pro, it's just my humble opinion )
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 Posted 05/10/2022  8:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Unfortunately the bubbly surface and casting line around the edge make it an obvious and not very good fake.
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 Posted 05/10/2022  8:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree that this looks cast rather than struck.

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 Posted 05/10/2022  8:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Must agree.



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 Posted 05/10/2022  9:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add botanicalstig to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for confirming the bad news. His collection did consist of a few souvenir/novelty items as well, but they were not packaged with or similarly to the nicer coins. I think he believed this was genuine, as it was in its own 2x2 cardboard with a handful of nice silver pieces.

Bummer :(
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 Posted 05/10/2022  10:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Even with it not being real, it still is a tangible connection to your great grandfather and therefore has sentimental value.
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 Posted 05/11/2022  12:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As a connection to your grandmother and great-grandfather, it's priceless though, right? I have a similar piece from my grandfather that was made into a tie clip. It seems like anything with 1776 on it was very popular during a certain era, 1940-50s perhaps. They knew it wasn't real, but then their heirs inherit it and wonder.
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 Posted 05/11/2022  08:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add botanicalstig to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oh yes 100%. I spent HOURS researching everything in that case, took lots of notes. Thinking that this stuff has been around as long as it has, and sitting in a box longer than I've been alive is crazy. My plan is to repackage everything with info on new cardboards, and put them in a nice case.

I will be sure to label this one as "reproduction" before I lock it up again

My favorites were a few national park centennial medalians kept in little envelopes. They belong on display, glad I dug them out!
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