Detecting Counterfeits and Replicas
Wil Chapman Jr.
very good read, thank you Michael. You are so right about knowing the real thing, in my younger days I worked at walmart, and from time to time filled in at a register. They got so many fakes and counterfeits there because they had no idea, At first it was hold it to the light and yet they didnt know what they were looking for, then they got the pens which works but they are told to only check 50's and 100's, in this area the fakes were 5 and 10 because they knew they dont check....
Thanks for the personal account, Wil. See also:
(I will answer the other question in the "Magazines" discussion.)
Hi! My name is Mike Byrne. I read your blogs. Totally agree with you. Not only is it getting harder ngchas graded and slabed counterfeit Morgan dollars. What can the regular collector do? Well there's not much. I bought two scales and calibrated both. Then I would weigh any silver coin I thought was no good. They had to wheigh the same on both scales. That's all you can do except keep on top of coins that have been and are being counterfeit ed now. Most of the time low mintage coins are a target. I just found out that the twentyfifth anniversary maple leaf was done in large numbers. Your advice is the best. Be careful know who your buying from watch out for eBay.mike6 years ago
Good thread! Thanks for the info. I'll use it the next time I buy a coin!6 years ago
Wow good article. The fakes today are so good they get past ngc. They have been grade and slabed. To say there really good is and understatement. In the newismatic news they stated the Chinese are using the same equipment the mint uses. Weight is one way to detect a fake. Also believe it or not they leave item's of the coin's. It's getting crazy out there. Not only do you have to worry about getting a good coin,you have to worry about fakes. Real good article. The care Mike6 years ago
Pliny The Elder
Totally agree with you. Knowing what the authentic items look and feel like is one's best defense against counterfeits. I like the way you explain it, too.6 years ago
Hi Mike! I have to comment again on this. The coins today being counterfeited today would shock you. The thwenty fifth anniversary Maple Leaf. The Mexican Libertad. All basically new coin's. The article I read said the lower the mintage the better the chance the Chinese will make them. You can't wright enough Mike about this. My new blog is about the five Liberty Nickels counterfeited after 1912. Check it out. Take care.6 years ago
Counterfeiting is a growing concern, which also might explain the growing interest in "slabbed" coin
Good article. Unfortunately, the more we learn about counterfeiting techniques, the more complex methods emerge with even better fakes. While China is the obvious one, there is a growing counterfeiting movement in Europe as well!