Is this Trade Dollar Genuine? 1878 S

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  1. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Active Member

    Trade dollars are one of my weak spots, and I am about 90% sure this one is genuine. It weighs 416 grains, which I assume is due to wear, and it tests correctly in my X-Ray Spectrometer, so weight and metals are correct. I just don't want to resell it unless I am 100% sure it is genuine. Thanks in advance.

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  3. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    Looks ok, nothing screams fake to me.
  4. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

  5. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Active Member

    Thanks guys!
  6. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Nothing says fake that I can see but it has a ton of bag marks. I also see a number of spots on the coin, all in low places. The coin is too white or shiny so add in the black spots and the bag marks and I'd say she's been cleaned. I'd pass and find another one.
  7. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    Unfortunately, I’m afraid Mr. Clean got a hold of that one.
  8. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Yes, she took a bath.
  9. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    Agree, looks genuine to me too, but with surfaces stripped.
  10. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    Are there a lot of fake Trade Dollars out there? I have just one, but believe it to be genuine. Regrets for the crappy photos . . . . .



  11. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Active Member

    I have seen more fake trade dollars than fake Morgans.
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  12. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    Trade dollars, IMHO, ought to be bought slabbed or not at all.
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  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Yes there are. Trade Dollars were made specifically for use in foreign markets like the Orient. They have been highly faked and even the chop marks on them have been faked. Be cautious with them.
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  14. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    Don't mean to be snarky, but is that a grade of F-16 written at the lower right of the flip? Probably just a inventory number but I got a chuckle when I saw it.
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  15. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Active Member

    Any time I see hand written grades (full numbers, not like XF or BU) on flips and 2 x 2's it makes me laugh.
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  16. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    It's one of the most faked coins there is. So yes there's a lot of fakes out there. As for the coin in the 2x2 holder, how can there be so much wear and yet LIBERTY is clear as day?
  17. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    The coin looks genuine, but harshly cleaned.
  18. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    I've rarely seen fakes of common date trade dollars with a lot of wear; usually they have xf or higher details. Now, CC's, that's a whole different matter.
  19. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Op trade original but cleaned. Can’t tell on one in 2x2 but looking good so far
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