Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1875 Indian Head Cent
Counterfeit 1875 Indian Head Cent

By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......
 

Many Chinese counterfeits are made from dies that are not directly copied from genuine examples, therefore many of the details are incorrect.

Cents have long been the target of counterfeiters because of the numerous key dates and the popularity of this denomination with collectors. The 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent is undoubtedly the coin most often seen faked or altered, but other commonly encountered counterfeit cents are the 1877, 1914-D, 1922 No D, and 1955 Doubled Die Obverse issues.

rev-smSeveral months ago NGC received a submission with five counterfeit cents. There was one 1909-S VDB in the group, and the other four coins were semi-key Indian Head and Lincoln issues. Although none of these counterfeits were particularly deceptive, they share many of the same characteristics as other fakes that have originated in China in the last decade.

This fake 1875 cent, for example, has a badly misshapen date: the digits are fat and lopsided. Many Chinese counterfeits are made from dies that are not directly copied from genuine examples, so much of the details are incorrect. Another recurring problem is the poor design definition in the periphery, particularly the letters on the obverse. Oftentimes counterfeiters strike their fakes with less pressure than used by the United States Mint. The final major problem that is seen on countless other fakes is the presence of odd raised areas in and around the design elements, including a raised line behind the Indian’s jaw.

An experienced numismatist would probably never be fooled by this counterfeit, but there are many people who are unaware of the diagnostics that help identify these fakes. We continue to see counterfeits similar to this one in significant numbers, so it is useful to become familiar with their appearance and any obvious faults.
 


Indian Head Cents Currently Available on eBay

eBay
 Pic Title Details
1902 Indian Head Cent NGC MS63BN - Blue Toning - *DoubleJCoins* - 594A1 Current Price: $72.95
# of Bids: 0
Ending: 29 days 7 hrs 11 mins
1894 INDIAN HEAD CENT NGC XF45 BN 1C Coin PRICED FOR QUICK SALE! Current Price: $43.97
# of Bids: 0
Ending: 15 days 20 hrs 59 mins
1862 Indian Head Cent Civil War Date! NGC MS62 Current Price: $140.0
# of Bids: 0
Ending: 28 days 3 hrs 25 mins
1870 Indian Head Cent AU-58 NGC Current Price: $395.82
# of Bids: 0
Ending: 21 days 10 hrs 2 mins
1909-S U.S. Indian Head Cent Coin NGC Key Date Current Price: $379.99
# of Bids: 0
Ending: 6 hrs 16 mins
1908-S Indian Head Cent NGC AU53 - Scarce Current Price: $179.94
# of Bids: 0
Ending: 17 days 9 hrs 56 mins
 View all items...(Powered by: WP eBay Ads)  

Post a Comment

 
LLC. Copyright © 2017 All rights reserved. No portion of this site may be reproduced or copied without Written Permission
PO Box 4203 Ormond Beach, Florida 32175 | Office Hrs M-S 7:00AM-7:00PM | Toll Free: 800-579-5228 | Email:news@coinweek.com

ABOUT COINWEEK | ADVERTISING | WEEKLY COIN GIVEAWAY | CONTRIBUTE ARTICLES | NEWSLETTER | TERMS OF USE
Real Time Analytics