Winston Zack submitted this request for assistance on circulating contemporary counterfeit U.S. coins. Can anyone help? -Editor
E-Sylum readers, I am in the editing stages of a book on circulating contemporary counterfeit U.S. coins, specifically copper (half cent, large cent, small cent, and two
cent) and nickel (three cent and five cent) coinage; denominations in silver and gold will be published at a later date. As such, I am in search of images of a few remaining known
(and any unknown/unreported/unpublished) struck circulating counterfeit varieties which I would like to include in my publication; I would very much like to not go to print
missing images of any of these varieties. I am also looking for the highest quality images possible. My publication will credit the owner and photographer of each variety; the
owner can remain anonymous if they specifically request such.
Below is a list of varieties I am specifically looking for. I am also happy to look at all other varieties you may own because I am collecting census data, and there could be
nuances to those varieties, such as planchet alloy, die state, higher grade specimens, etc. which I have not yet recorded. I greatly appreciate any and all assistance you can
provide me on advancing this area of numismatics.
1) Half-Cents: all struck contemporary counterfeits
2) Large Cents: all struck contemporary counterfeits except the 1817 and 1818 varieties as sold by Goldberg Auctions
3) Small Cents: all struck contemporary counterfeits except the 1891 Indian Cent
4) Two Cents: all struck contemporary counterfeits
5) Three Cent Nickels: all struck contemporary counterfeits
6) Shield Nickels: all struck contemporary counterfeits, especially those with a large 'X' counterstamped on each side.
7) Liberty Nickels: all struck contemporary counterfeits
8) Buffalo Nickels: any hand-made die-struck contemporary counterfeits; transfer die counterfeits not including those dated - 1916-S, 1927, 1930, 1935 (2 feathers), 1936 (2
9) Jefferson Nickels: 1946, 1947 and 1953 Henning nickels; and 1939-D and 1950-D transfer dies
You may contact me directly to discuss this request in more detail at my email below:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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