1826 Half-Cent - Presumed Fake

Discussion in 'Error Coins' started by DavidTN, Apr 9, 2020.

  1. DavidTN

    DavidTN New Member

    I have an 1826 Half-Cent (or, at least, that's what it appears to be) that has an oddity: There is no indication of the denomination on the reverse--just the laurel. Where one would expect to see "HALF CENT" (or whatever it's supposed to be), it's just a blank field in the center of the coin. I assume this is a fake coin, but one never knows. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? The pictures I have are not of the best quality, but if anyone is interested, I'll try again and post them. Thanks!
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  3. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Please do post pictures, and welcome aboard!
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  4. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I'll second that. Would love to see this. Welcome
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  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

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  6. M.B. Dean

    M.B. Dean New Member

    I’d love to see a photo. Where’d you find it?
  7. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome to CT. There is an error known as a filled die where some characters don't show up. Bad pictures are better than none so, give it a try!
  8. DavidTN

    DavidTN New Member

    Okay, here are a couple of shots... DSC00467.JPG DSC00473.JPG
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  9. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Here's the reverse of an 1826 half cent from e-bay...
  10. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Genuine, just worn and if your look close HALF CENT is still visible.
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  11. DavidTN

    DavidTN New Member

    Sorry, but I don't see it on my coin (or your example, to be honest). The printing of "United States of America" is easily visible on my coin, but I see nothing in the center. There is nothing there...and although I fully understand that normal wear and tear would wear it down, there should still be some semblance of the imprinting. It is NOT there...which brought me to post it here to see if it was some oddity of some sort. I have no caring as to whether it is an error coin or a fake...I would just like to know the truth of it! I don't wish to be argumentative in any sense, so please don't take this as that type of argument!
  12. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Honest, it really is there.
  13. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Sorry I thought the one Kentucky posted was a better image of yours. Yours is still genuine.
  14. NPCoin

    NPCoin Resident Imbecile


    In your photo, the reverse is upside down. I cropped the photo and rotated it for you. I also removed a bit of the glare and added some contrast as best I could. When you take a photo, it is best not to use too much of a focused light on the coin. That can drown out details around the area where the light directly hits and cause some glare.

    But, I did see the T in your original photo. I did a rough outline for you so you can see it. You have the coin in hand, so you should be able to see the T as well as the upper left (your left) of the serif N from CENT. Also, that bulge you see right above the ribbon should be the remnant of the bar under the EN of CENT.

    CoinTalk-HalfCent.jpg CoinTalk-HalfCent-outline.jpg
  15. DavidTN

    DavidTN New Member

    Thank you all very much for the assistance! I really appreciate it.
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