Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Jack D. Young, Mar 22, 2023.
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I've wanted one ever since I was a kid but never took the plunge. Now, with all the bloody fakes out there, I fear I'll never buy one.
I have a grand total of one TD but I have to admit it's one of my favorite coins to take out and look at. Because of all the fakes, I made sure to buy a certified example. Of course, this was before I became aware of how many fake slabs there are now! (Largely due to Jack's tireless efforts.)
However, I also made sure to get one with a discreet chop mark, which along with the PGCS TV leaves me pretty secure that mine is legit.
Only trouble is now I want a proof version, and maybe a whole row of them..
Regarding the OP, it seems that weight is very much on the low side of standard. Low enough to give me pause. Artwork isn't bad though.
ETA: Something about the eagle's head also catches my eye. Additionally, the reverse exhibits very little wear in comparison with the obverse. See Liberty's headdress and then the eagle's left leg (on our right) which is usually a wear zone.
Would the lack of details include the stalks of wheat ending before the tie and the lack of a braid in the mortar joint under the left upper stone?
A business strike 1878-P? There's another counterfeiter who wasn't paying attention.
@Jack D. Young coin man of the year. He's not very pretty but very knowledgeable and a nice guy to boot. Thanks for sharing.
The 1873 S weights 26.85, specific gravity is 9.87
The 1874 CC wgt. 27.27 with spec gravity of 10.17
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