Morgan Dollar Real or Fake?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Wlinville, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. Wlinville

    Wlinville New Member

    I got this Morgan dollar the other day and am having a difficult time figuring out if real or fake. Tidbits about the coin are the weight comes in good. I've View attachment 981659 View attachment 981661 acid tested it which checks out. Non magnetic. Have not measured diameter. Only thing throwing me off is the mint mark. It just looks like a square. Could it be an error? Let me know your thoughts!! Oh and someone had the name Johnny engraved across face of it. Check out the pics!
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  3. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    You need to show both sides, but from what I can see, I think that it is real.
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  4. Bluntflame

    Bluntflame Active Member

    Is this just me, or does that look like a RPM? @paddyman98 we need an second opinion
  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Or a simple Die Chip. Not sure if Morgans have RPM listings.
  6. Bluntflame

    Bluntflame Active Member

    I'll do some research into S minted morgans with RPM like that.
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  7. Bluntflame

    Bluntflame Active Member

    There are S minted morgan RPM
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  8. Bluntflame

    Bluntflame Active Member

    Is it a 1878 S?
  9. Heavymetal

    Heavymetal Well-Known Member

    Appears to be the 1878 S double posted. No RPM listed on Variety Vista for a 1878 S. Your dollar appears to have taken damage to the mm area. Or a minor die chip.
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  10. Wlinville

    Wlinville New Member

    Thanks for the help everyone. I'm fairly new to coin collecting and got it from someone at work. Wasn't quite sure what to think of it. The name engraved on the front is a little let down but overall pretty cool if that's what it is.
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  11. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    Pretty cool to hold all that history in your hands, huh?
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  12. Wlinville

    Wlinville New Member

    Yes it is. Makes you wonder who had it and what all it has bought over the years!
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  13. Wlinville

    Wlinville New Member

    This particular one though I'm guessing a guy named Johnny had it lol.
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  14. RonSanderson

    RonSanderson Supporter! Supporter

    Or someone who really really liked Johnny.
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  15. Wlinville

    Wlinville New Member

    Maybe it was someone called Morgan.........
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  16. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    What's an acid test for silver dollars? I've heard of the Ken Kesey acid tests of the 60s, but I don't think it had anything to do with silver dollars!:wacky:
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  17. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    NEVER do an acid test on coins that you think may have numismatic value. If it's done directly on the coin, the acid will leave a discolored spot and if it's rubbed against a stone, it will leave scratches. Either of these will reduce the value.

    On low value coins, it's not such a big deal, but since many new collectors don't know which coins are low value, it's best to err on side of caution and NOT do an acid test on gold and silver coins
  18. Wlinville

    Wlinville New Member

    It is a pretty beat up coin and it had someone's name engraved across face of it so figured was just worth silver value anyways. Used a stone which did leave a small scratch put can't really tell it from all the other little dings.
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  19. Wlinville

    Wlinville New Member

    But i will definitely keep that in mind next time!
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  20. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    I'm leaning towards it being a fake. When you compare the areas of a known real Morgan to the OPs, the lettering just doesn't look correct, even for a heavily circulated coin that has taken lots of hits.

    OPs coin
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    Certified coin
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    The letters just don't seem correct.
    At least it's worth melt value or a nice conversational piece.

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