The 1st step I always quickly take in authentication is to try and attribute it as to the genuine variety- if I can't that is a 1st clue something is probably wrong. In this case this example is certainly "trying to be a 1793 S-2" but there are differences I couldn't get past. The obverse resembles the S-2 obverse; the neck truncation is curved, not straight, and there is a lock of hair pointing straight at the 1 in the date like S-2. The reverse is close too, especially the position of the lettering and chains but I couldn't get past the chain link "thicknesses/ openings" and couldn't explain these just due to the obvious wear. And then there is of course the "other side", the edge. A genuine chain cent edge should look like the left image of the "vine and bars" edges of the early 1793 varieties. The next steps I take are trying to find matching examples "out there", and with the help of a few friends we find these fine specimens from China. The 1st is a heavy/ thick planchet version with the date further from the edge, and a thin version with the date closer like the subject example. And both have the same thicknesses/ openings in the chain links I couldn't get past with the subject example. So, just another Chinese counterfeit artificially weathered in an effort to be a $2K+ "genuine" example... Best, Jack.