1861 Confederate Half Dollar - Real or Fake?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by daniels7981, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. daniels7981

    daniels7981 New Member

    Hey guys, new to the site. I just came into ownership of a 1861 confederate half dollar and need to know if it is the real deal or not. Here are the images of it front and back. Thanks!

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  3. CamaroDMD

    CamaroDMD Supporter! Supporter

    The images aren't very helpful...too small and dark. But, only a couple authentic examples are known to exist and there are thousands of fakes. So, in all likelihood it is a fake...probably a 99.9999% chance. Sorry.
  4. daniels7981

    daniels7981 New Member

    Oh well, guess I could dream :smile Thanks for the quick response!
  5. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

  6. daniels7981

    daniels7981 New Member

    I don't think it's a real one. Its a very shiny silver, like a new coin, which would be rare for a coin over 100 years old.
  7. Mark Feld

    Mark Feld Rare coin dealer

    Sorry, the dream is over - not surprisingly, it does not appear to be genuine.
  8. Jaleesa

    Jaleesa New Member

    I have found one, it is very dark and blackened. I don't know if it's real. How can I tell?
  9. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    Please post pictures and weight of your coin.

  10. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    There are only 4 real ones. All documented.
    There were restrikes, also rare.
    Chances are what you have is some kind of replica.
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  11. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    The confederate half dollars had a confederate reverse and the obverse was a US shaved down 1861-O half dollar that was used for the end result. There are only 4 reported, that were made officially. However some sell the real 1861-O US half dollar that had the obverse distinguishing features but the original reverse rather than the confederate reverse.


    Ebay, Etsy, Swap meets, have imported copies from the far east ( see Aliexpress) for examples, and that is most likely what you have, although photos would clarify. The cost about $3 US from China.
  12. desertgem

    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

    I would see if they were magnetic, weigh them in grams, and post a photo.
  13. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    even without looking:

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  14. Gina Portillo

    Gina Portillo New Member

    Hi I have this 1861 half dollar ...I do not know if this is real or fake? This is very old and dark color and thin.I think this is fake.....It stick in magnet ...so this is fake right???? it looks like the original picture but it stick in magnet. Please let me know so i can set it aside. Thanks
  15. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Read post #9 in this thread.
  16. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    The style is completely wrong. Therefore it is a fake
  17. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    It's a fake. It should not stick to a magnet. Welcome to CT.
  18. Gina Portillo

    Gina Portillo New Member

    Thanks so much Idhair
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  19. Authos

    Authos New Member

    Hey guys, I also have the 1861 half dollar and it’s in great shape and shiny but it WONT stick to any magnet that I have access to and they are decent magnets. Where should I get this appraised? I live in the northwest corner of Mississippi, let me know
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    desertgem MODERATOR Senior Errer Collecktor Moderator

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