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RESPONSES TO R.V. DEWEY'S 1856 GOLD DOLLAR IMAGELast week R.V. Dewey shared with us an image of an 1856 $1 gold piece, which he believes could be an unlisted pattern. Our readers are quite skeptical.
Tom DeLorey writes:
Speaking as a former ANA authenticator, I see nothing in Mr. Dewey's photograph that would make me believe that the piece is anything other than a contemporary counterfeit meant to be passed at face value in commerce.
Saul Teichman writes:
Any analysis of the date would show that this piece is a rather crude copy.
Last week I also asked: "Take a close look at the upper-right-hand corner of the photo. Do you see anything unusual?"
Bob Neale writes:
Another face, of course. Looks like a wolf's head, to me. This is weird stuff...
Phil Iverson writes:
Regarding the upper right hand corner of the 1856 gold dollar photo, it looks like a bear with his picnic basket!
Tom asked me what I saw in that corner of the picture, and I had to admit that I thought I saw a face, too. And looking at it again, I think I can see a second face, this one a fat man with a Fu Manchu mustache. I am not making this up, but maybe I've spent too many years staring into computer screens. -Editor
Tom DeLorey adds:
If you look at the Moon you can see "a face." That doesn't mean that there is one there.
Well put. The human brain is hardwired to recognize faces, and that could be what's going on here. But it is an eerie feeling to suddenly "see" a hidden face or other feature in an image.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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