Contemporary Counterfeits

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What is a Contemporary Counterfeit?

A coin, usually from a base metal, which was cast or struck from crudely engraved dies or dies made from a host coin from legitimate United States coinage and made to pass for face value at the time of its creation. Modern counterfeits with the COPY labeling or unlabeled Chinese copy artifacts are NOT considered to be Contemporary Counterfeits.

Rarity

Contemporary counterfeits, by their nature, were typically hand made in small quantities. Therefore, they are quite rare and occasional acquired by knowledgeable collectors. The Liberty Seated Collectors Club is still researching and publishing new Seated counterfeit discoveries as they appear. There are two internet links which provide access to Contemporary Counterfeit databases. I am the administrator for both databases.

Liberty Seated Dimes at SeatedDimeVarieties.com

All Liberty Seated Denominations at LSCCweb.org


For Sale List Comments

This price list originally featured only Seated contemporary counterfeits. Recent interest by customer and consignors with these historical items across all denominations and designs allows GFRC to expand its price list offering. Many of the selections in this price list are either advanced collector consignments or plate coins from either of the two the contemporary counterfeit databases. These offerings are the result of years of searching by dedicated collectors with offered pieces being quite rare. Since a small number of collectors pursue contemporary counterfeits, the demand is limited resulting in pricing structure that does not reflect true availability or rarity.

For detailed information concerning Seated coinage offerings, simply click the "C-101" links (Counterfeit-101) which will provide access to the individual contemporary counterfeit web-pages within the databases at SeatedDimeVarieties.com or LSCCweb.org.

For Bust half coinage, customers are referred to Contemporary Counterfeit Capped Bust Half Dollars, 2nd Edition by Keith Davignon.



There are 10 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on July 26, 2018

Photo Denom Date Grade Variety GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
  1861 Seated 10C 1861
VF30 C-101
Original $90 Contemporary Counterfeit, Brass Planchet, Hand Cut Dies, Die Struck, Coney Collection. Weight is 2.0 grams as compared to 2.5 grams for regular United States mint issue. Obvious hand cut dies. Normal coin turn die alignment. Previously listed as C-101 by Gerry Fortin at www.seateddimevarieties.com. A solid offering from the Coney Collection.
  1888 Seated 10C 1888
VG08 Unlisted
Original $40 Contemporary Counterfeit, Brass Planchet, Transfer Dies, Die Struck, Coney Collection. An unlisted 1888 counterfeit dime struck from transfer dies. Weight is 2.1 grams with normal coin turn die alignment. Reverse surfaces exhibit substantial die erosion. Nice gray-rose patina that makes this piece very deceptive. From the Coney Collection.
  1888 Seated 10C 1888
G04 C-101
Original $30 Contemporary Counterfeit, Brass or Copper Planchet, Barber Design Reverse, Needle Denticles, Coney Collection . Listed as C-101 ands easily detected due to needle denticles on both sides. Considerable wear with weight of 2.1 grams and normal coin turn die alignment. From the Coney Collection.
  1845 Seated 25C 1845
VF20
Original $95 Antimony Cast Counterfeit, Heavy Mold Tooling Lines, Scarce Early Seated Quarter Date, Ex Richard August Collection. Classic antimony base metal cast counterfeit. Weight of 4.9 grams vs. 6.7 grams for pre 1853 silver mint strike. Heavy mold tooling lines in the left field along with mold pitting throughout obverse and reverse. Normal coin turn alignment. We don't often see earlier dates from the 1840 being counterfeited. From the Richard August Collection.
  1861 Seated 25C 1861
G06 C-104
Original $60 Contemporary Counterfeit, Copper Planchet, Hand Cut Dies, Surface Lines, Coney Collection . An 1861 contemporary counterfeit quarter with considerable wear and listed as C-104 in the LSCC reference at www.lsccweb.org. Copper planchet struck by hand cut dies. Under weight at 5.2 grams against 6.3 for regular silver Mint struck coinage. Normal coin turn die alignment with excellent reeding. Obverse has some large scratches that are ancient and fully toned over. From the AuburnNY Accordian Collection.
  1861/58 3Cent Silver 3C 1861/58 VF25
Choice $200 Contemporary Counterfeit, 1861/58 Overdate, German Silver, Hand Cut Dies, Coney Collection. The only known overdate in the 3 cent silver contemporary counterfeit exumonia area. Probably created by an amateur counterfeiter with limited skills given the crude engravings. Populat and currently in demand. Weight is 0.6 grams with normal coin turn die alignment. A special offering from the Coney Collection.
  1830 Capped Bust 50C 1830
VF30 Dav 3-C
R6
Original $165 Rare Davignon Die Pairing, Contemporary Counterfeit, German Silver Planchet, Hand Cut Dies, Uneven Strike, Coney Collection . A rare Capped Bust Davignon 3-C contemporary counterfeit with nice original surfaces. Struck with hand cut dies on German silver planchet. Under weight at 12.0 grams as compared to 13. 4 grams for standard Mint issued coinage. Uneven strike. Standard coin turn die alignment and excellent edge lettering. Thirteen (13) pieces are presently known. Another great duplicate from the Coney Collection.
  1830 Capped Bust 50C 1830
F15 Dav 2-Ba
R6
Original $165 Rare Davignon Die Pairing, Contemporary Counterfeit, Brass Planchet, Hand Cut Dies, Great Color, Coney Collection . A rare Capped Bust Davignon 2-Ba contemporary counterfeit with nice original brown-gold surfaces. Struck with hand cut dies on brass planchet. Die engraving workmanship is crude. Under weight at 11.4 grams as compared to 13. 4 grams for standard Mint issued coinage. Several ancient lines under the date digits . Standard coin turn die alignment and weak edge lettering. Rare with only ten (10) pieces known in both German silver and brass. Another important duplicate offering from the Coney Collection.
  1830 Capped Bust 50C 1830
VG10 Dav 9-I
Original $100 Scarce Capped Bust Contemporary Counterfeit, German Silver, Hand Cut Dies, Coney Collection . A scarce Capped Bust Davignon 9-I contemporary counterfeit with considerable wear. Struck with hand cut dies on German silver planchet. Quite under weight at 9.8 grams as compared to 13. 4 grams for standard Mint issued coinage. Old album toning covers original surfaces. Standard coin turn die alignment and weak edge lettering. From the Coney Collection.
  1833 Capped Bust 50C 1833
EF45 Dav 1-A
Original $115 Contemporary Counterfeit, Brass or Copper Planchet, Coney Collection . Another 1833 Capped Bust Davignon 1-A contemporary counterfeit with limited circulation. Struck with hand cut dies on German silver planchet. Weight is 13.4 grams and exactly matching 13. 4 grams for standard Mint issued coinage. Nice original surfaces with multiple lines on the obverse. Standard coin turn die alignment and nicely lettered edge. Listed as Davignon 1-A and a common Capped Bust type piece. From the Coney Collection.