Are there any known original gold plated Liberty 'no cents' V-nicks??

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by coinup, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. coinup

    coinup Junior Member

    Back in the day when they were gold plated and passed off as 5.00 pieces...any known originals from then?? It might be too difficult to tell, for many reasons, but always wondered...
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  3. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

  4. coinup

    coinup Junior Member

    yeah, that's what I mean...I can get a plated one anywhere..I was wondering if there are any known originals from back in the day...
  5. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

  6. saltysam-1

    saltysam-1 Junior Member

    Did you notice Collectible Americas description? It calls them authentic coins but referrers to them later as "just like" what was passed off by the con men. The authentic probably refers to them being authentically gold plated "just like" the originals. Do you think he is just Joshing us?
  7. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    A racketeer nickel that has gold plating over heavily worn areas cannot be original racketeer nickels. Think about it, the ruse worked for only a short time when the new Liberty Nickels first came out. Genuine, original racketeer nickels would be AU or BU coins that were plated, certainly not heavily worn examples. If the original racketeer nickels remained in circulation (as five cent pieces) the gold plating would have worn away as the coin circulated with the plating remaining in protected areas until it completely wore away.
  8. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    I have one, gold plated.

    I believe it may be original, considering:
    Worn, but: The gold plate is worn off in areas.
  9. Texas John

    Texas John Collector of oddments

    Some very crafty racketeers of the time even went to the trouble of adding reeding to the centsless nickles, to make them more believable as half eagles. Interestingly, the same type of con occurred in England five years later, when some people gilded the new Jubilee style six pences and passed them off as half sovereigns. A new design was quickly introduced with the words "six pence" dominating the reverse.
  10. Leadfoot

    Leadfoot there is no spoon

    I've been told that counterfeits of counterfeits are more common than the genuine counterfeits.

    Not being an expert, I'm not sure I could tell the difference, but I have seen a few of these coins over the years at coin shows.
  11. vnickels

    vnickels Matt Draiss Numismatics & Galleries

    your wrong hobo. legitimate ones have the gold worn down
  12. ikandiggit

    ikandiggit Currency Error Collector

    I believe that's what Hobo is saying.
  13. coinmaster1

    coinmaster1 Active Member

    The modern replated Racketeer nickels should be called "Racketeer Racketeer Nickels". :D
  14. vnickels

    vnickels Matt Draiss Numismatics & Galleries

    good on coinmaster1! The god of V nickels agrees! Counterfeit counterfeits!
  15. Merc Crazy

    Merc Crazy Bumbling numismatic fool

    I have one that has some gold remaining on it. :) Bought it way back in 1993 or so.
  16. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    Kindly point out my error please.
  17. coinup

    coinup Junior Member

  18. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    I'm still waiting.
  19. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    Most of us have heard the story of Josh Tatum and the racketeer nickel. I first learned of the tale when I took an ANA correspondence course. I remember a previous thread where Conder101 & some others gave evidence that the whole story may have been more fiction than fact.

    I just invested 15 minutes trying to search the CT archives to find the thread but I didn't find it. Perhaps someone else can locate the thread or reiterate the arguments again in this thread.

    Klaatu barada nikto
  20. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    From the best science fiction movie ever made.
  21. Hobo

    Hobo Squirrel Hater

    Still no answer. I would like to know where exactly in my answer I was wrong.
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