Dave Wnuck always seems to have some interesting material for sale, and his latest Making the Grade newsletter (#15) is no
exception. My attention was drawn to a section of no less than eleven contemporary counterfeit coins. Here's a sampling. -Editor
1787 Contemporary Counterfeit 2 Reales
1787 Contemporary Counterfeit 2 Reales. Very Fine [uncertified]. Kleeberg 87A-L4. Struck in brass, with some of the original silvering still
adhering. A very rare issue; Kleeberg knew of three specimens, one of which is impounded in the ANS museum in New York. $495.
1852 Contemporary Counterfeit Quarter Eagle
1852 Contemporary Counterfeit Quarter Eagle. Extremely Fine [uncertified]. Struck in brass, and with none of the gold wash remaining. Quite crude,
with dies cut by an engraver with very little talent for this line of work. $195.
1854 Contemporary Counterfeit Gold Dollar
1854 Contemporary Counterfeit Gold Dollar. Very Fine [uncertified]. Another type 1 gold dollar with most of the gilt intact. $75.
'1925' Contemporary Counterfeit Indian Half Eagle
'1925' Contemporary Counterfeit Indian Half Eagle. Extremely Fine [uncertified]. Contemporary Counterfeit gold coins of this design are
rarely encountered, in my experience. This coin came from my personal type set. I'm guessing these counterfeiters were not very successful, as
there were no genuine $5 gold coins dated 1925. Hopefully they did not quit their day jobs. $250.
This last one's a real head-scratcher. A layman might miss the problem with the date, but the workmanship on this piece is
especially crude. -Editor
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