Tag: Max Spiegel

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime

Counterfeit 1795 Half Dime Reverse By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Counterfeit half dimes are not particularly common, but NGC graders recently identified a fake 1795 half dime submission. The minuscule half dime was struck from 1794 to 1873, although many also include the pattern 1792 half disme—the first coin struck under […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1908-S Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The grading room was recently presented with a 1908-S Indian Head Cent for certification. The 1908-S cent had the third-lowest mintage in the Indian Head cent series with 1,115,000 pieces struck. The first of only two San Francisco Mint Indian Head […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit 1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The raised lumps and lines on this 1903-S Morgan Dollar are signs of counterfeit production. The Morgan Dollar is one of the most popular coins with collectors, and it’s not hard to see why. Silver dollars have a certain nostalgic appeal […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – the 1928 Peace Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – the 1928 Peace Dollar

Counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollar By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)….   Since so many counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollars are, in fact, altered 1923 coins, it is particularly useful to know the diagnostics that are seen on legitimate examples. The 1928 Peace Dollar had the lowest mintage of any issue in this […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1879 Double Eagle US Gold

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1879 Double Eagle US Gold

Counterfeit 1879 Double Eagle By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………   A repeat depression helps NGC graders identify a counterfeit 1879 Double Eagle. Every United States coin features the date it was issued on the obverse side. The mintmark, on the other hand, is virtually always on the reverse, although there are some […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… The popularity of lunar coins has grown of late, making the coins an excellent target for counterfeiters. Lunar coins have become very popular in recent years with coins struck annually to commemorate the Chinese Zodiac, a calendar that […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1904 Gold $20 Double Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1904 Gold $20 Double Eagle

Counterfeit 1904 Double Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… This counterfeit 1904 Double Eagle specimen exhibits relatively sharp design details, and its composition is virtually identical to that of a legitimate specimen. United States gold coins have been extensively counterfeited for decades and fakes are known for virtually all dates, even the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1875 Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………………   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 […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection:   US Gold 1892 Half Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection: US Gold 1892 Half Eagle

Counterfeit 1892 Half Eagle by Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……………… Many counterfeit US gold coins originated in the 1960s and 1970s in the Middle East. The 1892 Half Eagle is a relatively common issue with a mintage of 753,480 pieces. This date can easily be located in circulated grades through MS 62, the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1972 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1972 Doubled Die Lincoln Cent

GENUINE 1972 Double Die Cent – courtesy of Heritage Auctions. By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher, NGC…. NGC recently received a fake 1972 Doubled Die Cent, which is not something that we see often. There are a handful of varieties that are regularly seen faked, including the Philadelphia and Denver 1942/41 Mercury Dimes, the 1955 Doubled […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1882 $3 US Gold Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1882 $3 US Gold Coin

Counterfeit 1882 Three Dollar Gold By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher, NGC….   On the Omega three dollar coins, the counterfeiter’s signature can be seen within the loop of the R in LIBERTY. Three dollar gold pieces are often overlooked by collectors despite having an unusual denomination and a plethora of low mintage issues. Minted from […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle

Counterfeit 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle   by Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher …….. Semiprooflike appearance, thick lettering and raised lumps helped NGC graders identify a counterfeit 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. The 1924 Double Eagle is by far the most common date in the Saint-Gaudens series. NGC has graded more than 300,000 examples—an astonishing number, particularly […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: US Gold 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection: US Gold 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit 1911-D Quarter Eagle by Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher The 1911-D is the key Indian Head quarter eagle. Read about two unusual alterations and how NGC experts discovered  these two type of counterfeits. Chased Mintmark There are a number of methods used by counterfeiters to add a mintmark to a coin, but probably the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875-S Trade Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875-S Trade Dollar

Counterfeit 1875-S Trade Dollar By Max Spiegel, NGC….   One of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues is the Trade Dollar. Recently, one was submitted to NGC that exhibited a number of the telltale signs of a fake. Trade Dollars are one of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues, and fakes are received […]

2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money: Time to Renew Old Friendships, Think About the Future of the Hobby

2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money: Time to Renew Old Friendships, Think About the Future of the Hobby

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. With the cutting of the ribbon at 9:45 this morning, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) kicked off its annual celebration of coin collecting, the 2015 World’s Fair of Money. The venue is a familiar one – the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, Illinois. Rosemont is a suburb of […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

Evidence of heavy polishing where the fourth leg should be – 1937-D Buffalo Nickel by Max Spiegel, NGC  ……. The 1937-D 3-Legged Nickel is undoubtedly the most famous key date in the Buffalo Nickels series. Most collectors consider it to be a distinct issue although it is more accurately described as a late die state and […]

Altered Coin Detection:  Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Coin Detection: Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Cameo 1960 Franklin Half by Max Spiegel, NGC  ……. A white “frost” was applied to this Franklin Half Dollar to give its elements a cameo appearance. There are a number of ways that nefarious individuals alter coins in an attempt to trick unsuspecting buyers into thinking that the coin is better than it really is. […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime

Counterfeit 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime by Max Spiegel, NGC  ……. The design details on this counterfeit Seated Liberty Dime are soft, especially at Liberty’s head, the Phrygian cap and the shield on the obverse. The Seated Liberty Dime has grown in popularity with collectors over the last couple of decades with considerable new research done by […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection –  Australian 1917 P Gold Sovereign

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Australian 1917 P Gold Sovereign

by Max Spiegel, NGC ….   NGC graders recently identified a fake 1917 gold sovereign with the “P” mintmark of the Perth Mint in Australia. The British sovereign is one of the world’s most famous gold coins. Named after an English gold coin struck until 1604, the modern gold sovereign has been issued by the United […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1793 Flowing Hair Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1793 Flowing Hair Cent

by Max Spiegel, NGC …….. Tool marks and raised lines identify a counterfeit 1793 Flowing Hair Cent. The first coins struck by the United States Mint were the half cents and large cents made in 1793. All half cents from this year bear the left-facing Liberty Cap design, while large cents feature three major design types: […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924-S Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924-S Buffalo Nickel

By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………   The 1924-S is a prime target for counterfeiters. In particular, sharp-eyed graders will pay close attention to additions or other alterations made to the mintmark. Prominent sculptor James Earle Fraser created an iconic design deeply rooted in Western Americana for the Buffalo Nickel, which was struck from […]

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Counterfeit Detection: Spark-Erosion 1874 Three Cent Nickel Die Trial

Counterfeit Detection: Spark-Erosion 1874 Three Cent Nickel Die Trial

From the NGC Posted by Max Spiegel, NGC on 6/21/2013 Three Cent nickels were struck in 75% copper and 25% nickel with a silver-gray color, but the coin submitted to NGC appeared to be made entirely out of copper. Numismatic Conservation Services® (NCS®), a professional coin conservation company affiliated with NGC, recently received a coin […]

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

From the NGC by Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher on 5/15/2012 Raised areas and the incorrrect shape of the mintmark identify this 1881-S Morgan as a counterfeit. The 1881-S Morgan dollar is not a coin that you would expect to see faked. It is easily the most common date in the Morgan dollar series, and NGC has […]

 
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