Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by petronius, Jan 22, 2021.
Weight 5,4 gr., diameter 23,5 mm., but we have some doubts. Could be a fake?
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Thanks for your opinions.
As @Publius2 mentioned, the rims do not look normal as the denticles are sharply cut off and there seems to be some graininess all around the coin. It's actually a much higher quality fake than 95% of what China/Malaysia/Eastern Asia Puts out.
I'm sure an expert in draped bust half cents could instantly spot the "variety" if any.
The photos are no very good because they were from slides I had transferred unsuccessfully of my half cent die variety collection, which I sold in the early 1990s, but here is a genuine example. The OP was made to resemble an 1804 Cohen 12 half cent. Crosslet 4, No Stems.
The OP's coin's reverse is Without Stems. The W/O Stems reverses are mated with Obverses 4 (closely spaced date , 4 vertical and close to 0), and 5 (plain 4). So, the OP's coin's reverse is not matched with a known obverse for that reverse.
So, the op's coin looks like a fake mule because of wire rims and die pairing that does not exist. My attribution is taken from Bill Eckberg's book on half-cents.
I hope I've got this right. I'd hate to be wrong twice in one week.
Thanks to all
Obv 1 was used for C-1 and 3 (pre spiked chin) and C-5, 6, 7, and 8 (post spiked chin). Rev F was used for C-12 and C-13.
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