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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 37, September 10, 2000, Article 8

FAKES OF THE FAKES 

   In last week's issue of the Early American Coppers Region 8 
   newsletter, Tom Reynolds wrote:  "I thought I had seen it all. 
   I just received in the mail two "electros" of a 1793 S-1 and 
   1793 S-11.  They are not electros but are cast pieces using 
   Gallery Mint examples to make a mold for the casting.  The 
   mold uses the unmarked side of two pieces so that "Copy" 
   does not show.  After casting, they are copper plated.   The 
   pieces are crude but could easily be mistaken for electros. 

   It is bad enough that we have to watch out for fake key dates, 
   now we have watch out for fakes of the fakes!!  These pieces 
   came from the Springfield, IL area and last year I was sent 
   a damaged and "aged" Gallery Mint 1796 Half Cent from the 
   same area.  Be on guard!!!!  These fakes could easily sell in 
   the $75-$100 area." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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