If you are new to collecting, spotting a counterfeit coin is next to impossible. This list of top 9 ways to spot a counterfeit coin takes just a few minutes to read but could potentially save you thousands of dollars.
Again these specs are already known and listed here on our website. Compare the coin you are inspecting and make sure it checks out.
Each coin has a specific edge type. For the most part coins are either reeded, or not reeded. There are also instances of coins with lettering on the edge as you might see with modern presidential dollars.
This one is pretty obvious and you may have already tried it. Simply use Google Images to compare the coins front and back (obverse / reverse) to images of coins in circulation.
Mint issued coins will have sharp well defined reliefs. Counterfeit coin dies may be copies of authentic coins, and thus have less brilliantly sharp features.
The surfaces of professional coins are smooth and often have what collectors call luster. Counterfeit coins will likely have a grainy or uneven surface texture.
Make sure the mint marks match up exactly with the size, shape, and clarity of an authentic coin.
Patina also referred to as toning is a feature that takes decades. A newly minted counterfeit will have no patina or possibly fake patina that has been created by spraying a coin's surface with a substance like vinegar.
Genuine coins have a specific sound they make when struck. Counterfeit coins will often have a flat or dull sound when struck or dropped.
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