An 1878 Trade Dollar variety or fake?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Mike_54729, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. Mike_54729

    Mike_54729 New Member

    Hello. Newbie here. Has anyone here ever heard of, or seen, an 1878 Trade that appears to have the reverse like a 1860 silver dollar? I'm looking at one right now that is being represented as a Trade Dollar.

    Thanks for any input.

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  3. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    There are large operations in China turning out counterfeits of collectible US coins. They produce quite a lot of "silver dollars" (usually not real silver) with the incorrect reverse, wrong date/design combinations, and so on. The one you're looking at is probably one of them.

    Good job catching the mismatch. Use this to draw conclusions about the person who's trying to sell it. (Specifically, buying any coin from this person probably isn't a good idea.)

    Welcome to CoinTalk!
  4. Clawcoins

    Clawcoins Well-Known Member

    It would be a fake as mentioned above.
  5. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    1878 was proof only. 900 mintage.
    There is an 1878 CC rare 97,000 and an 1878 S with over 4 million minted.
    If it has the wrong reverse it can't be real.
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  6. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    If you really want to buy a trade dollar, get one that is slabbed/graded. There are plenty of fakes out there.
  7. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Can’t get the pics to load sounds fake to me though
  8. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    Unable to view the photos, but if as the OP describes, definitely a fake.
  9. Mike_54729

    Mike_54729 New Member

    Thanks for the replies. The auction owner is pulling this coin from the web site. In addition, will be talking with the seller to see what he knows about this coin, and others that he has sold, and is now selling. They are very concerned, and actually I was the second bidder that brought this to their attention. But, the bid was at $91 so not everyone was aware of the scam.
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  10. Dawn Christiansen

    Dawn Christiansen New Member

    Is it possible this is an error coin? Mixed die maybe??It happens.
  11. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Not when you would be mixing an obverse die with a reverse die from a coin series that had been discontinued 5 years earlier.
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