Jack Young published a nicely illustrated article on the CoinTalk site about a "family" of fake struck large cents all stemming from a single original master
coin. Here's an excerpt - see the complete article online for full information. -Editor
After writing the previous “family” article about rather deceptive struck counterfeit half cents based on the genuine 1804 “C-6” variety (at coinweek.com ) I felt it timely to
document another member of the family, the counterfeit large cents based on the 1833 “N-5's”.
Just a note, I consider this type of counterfeit an intermediate level of deceptive “types”, better than the lower level fakes from the ones I refer to as “Chinese Cartoon”
types up to the multiple lower level “Ali” offerings.
These struck fakes are documented in several different denominations and varieties and are fairly accurate as compared to the source coins, but the counterfeiters use the same
layout and change the date to create a series of fakes, resulting in impossible die combinations/ states. These take a higher level of knowledge to discern, with being savvy with
the series and variety attributions part of the best defense.
I co-authored an article for EAC a couple of years ago about a suspicious 1816 large cent for sale on the internet. The following is the image that centered that
My collaborator than ran through all of the known varieties for 1816 large cents to prove it didn't match any of them!
This prompted additional discussion among EAC members with another adding the following- “once again, 1833 Newcomb 5, except for the date. de'ja vu all over again. this one
even shows the rim ding above the D from the mother coin”.
“The mother coin was an 1833N5 with a rim ding over the D of UNITED. These are easy to spot once you know what was copied to make the dies. Most of these middle date
counterfeits match the attribution points of the 33/5 including the die cracks of a MDS example. The most dangerous of the group is the 1833, it passes the die attribution test
for N5 including the "horned 8" but the rim and edge is still wrong”.
Counterfeit “1823” large cent
“1816” “1823” Genuine 1833 N-5 (courtesy PCGS)
I'll stop here, but see the rest of the article online for more. Thanks to Jack for his permission to republish this here. Some interesting and scary fakes out there. Use
your numismatic noodle before bidding on these concoctions. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
A “Family” of struck fake large Cents
Wayne Homren, Editor
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