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15 Easiest ways to spot all Chinese Fake Silver coins

April 25, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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COUNTERFEIT CHINESE SILVER COINS – 15 EASY SUGGESTIONS FOR DETECTING FAKES

1.  Weight the coin.  If the weight does not match US Mint standards, it is fake.  Weights for good silver fakes will be accurate, but only for the rarest fakes (.900 fine U.S. bust dollars, Spanish pieces of eight, etc.).

2.    DO NOT RELY ON A MAGNET TO DETECT A FAKE.  All metals used in these fakes are non-ferrous and are all non-magnetic.  Of course any silver coin that sticks to a magnet is an obvious fake.  White copper is 75% copper, the remainder being nickel and zinc.  Other Chinese fakes are copper and brass plated with silver.

3.  Check the alignment of dates, especially on early coinage and silver dollars.  Often the counterfeiters will try and ‘tweak’ their own die by crafting a number by hand.  For example, 1893 CC Morgan dollar fakes often have a “9” that is slightly misformed, and not struck in the same depth as the 1, 8, and 3.

4.  Check the thickness of the coin.  To keep their coins within proper weight limits and diameter, they are forced to make the coins ‘thicker’ than real coins to compensate for the lower density of copper, nickel and zinc.  NOTE:  This test cannot be used on coins struck in 90% silver.

5.  Check the edge of the coin for any verdigris, or green patina caused by the copper leaching through the nickel and zinc, or silver plating.  Silver turns black with oxidation; copper turns green.  If you see any green on the edges of the coin is it almost always a fake.

6.  Examine the mintmark closely.  In nearly every case of a Carson City Morgan, the “CC” is too small, large, or incorrectly spaced.  This also applies to New Orleans and San Francisco mint marks.

7.  Use known legitimate coins or images as ‘compares.’  Most of us don’t have a spare 1893 CC Morgan laying around the house.  However, you can locate images of nearly every authentic US coin by searching eBay or coin dealer websites.  Find a raw or slabbed coin with a good photo and compare a known authentic coin to one in question.  It is a 99% certainty that there will be flaws in the date, mintmark, or other characteristics.

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