50 cent walker. Counterfeit?

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  1. Ruben

    Ruben Member

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  3. Ruben

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    While looking through the handful of silver half dollars I have, this one caught my eye. I'm 99% sure it's fake because:
    Off color
    Wrong weight
    No "silver ring " (more like a base metal thud)
    Failed magnet slide test
    Mushy details

    I don't know where I got it , I've had it for at least 20 years . I'm thinking it was made years ago for a spender, back when 50 cents was worth something . Any thoughts ?
     
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  4. 1916D10C

    1916D10C Key Date Mercs are Life! 1916-D/1921-D/1921

    It definitely looks like a contemporary counterfeit. Quite an interesting piece there!
     
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  5. ewomack

    ewomack 魚の下着 Supporter

    I think your theory about it being a spender makes sense. 1936, with a mintage of over 12 million, doesn't exactly qualify as a rarity really worth counterfeiting, especially in that condition. My only other theory is stage money. Perhaps a play or a movie needed a somewhat realistic half dollar and, seeing that the real thing may have cost too much, or worrying that someone would run off with a real example, someone created a nice looking but well worn duplicate? Who knows?

    The coin's year might suggest an attempt at a real counterfeit to pass off to the gullible, since 1936 fell right within the Great Depression years.

    Where did you find it? Or how did you get it?
     
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  6. Ruben

    Ruben Member

    I have no idea where I got it, but I have had it for some time.
     
  7. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    The funny thing, it has to be worth something as a counterfeit.
    I like it.
     
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  8. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    As a contemporary counterfeit it is an unusually well made example. Most are much cruder. How does the edge look?
     
  9. APX78

    APX78 Active Member

    Very informative post. I guess you always need to be on the look out for fakes. Thanks for sharing this!
     
  10. Ruben

    Ruben Member


    It looks pretty much like a normal reeded edge. I agree, it looks pretty good.
     
  11. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    nice, yes, contemporary counterfeit
     
  12. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    I'm not sure I've seen a contemporary counterfeit Walker. That's really cool.

    So what do you suppose it's made out of? Pewter? Lead?
     
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  13. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    What's the weight? That might help explain the metal content.
     
  14. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    Could you post a closeup of the date? I think I see something interesting.

    Also, what does it weigh?
     
  15. Ruben

    Ruben Member

    This is as close in as I can get. As for weight, I don't have a digital scale, but on a balance scale, it is lighter than a silver half. This half + a zincoln cent weighs the same as a silver half.
     

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  16. Travlntiques

    Travlntiques Well-Known Member

    I've seen coins that were harshly cleaned & stored improperly take on a similar coloration, but if the weight is wrong, the coin is wrong. Weird piece and an interesting find.
     
  17. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Well that would indicate that the OP coin is in the neighborhood of 2.5 grams light, or roughly 25 times the allowed tolerance. Pretty much guarantees the coin is not genuine.
     
  18. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    I like it. If the OP wants to turn it into a real one....;)
     
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