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1793 Chain 1c - Genuine?

InGodWeTrustCoinsInGodWeTrustCoins Posts: 123 ✭✭✭
edited November 18, 2022 5:11PM in U.S. Coin Forum

Can anyone tell if this is genuine or an electrotype? Weight is 12.55 grams.


  • jonathanbjonathanb Posts: 3,332 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nothing in those pictures makes me think it's an electrotype. It still might be, for some reason not shown in the pics.

  • lkeneficlkenefic Posts: 7,474 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's a little light but in the ballpark fir a circulated coin. What's the diameter? And are there any edge markings?

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  • Walkerguy21DWalkerguy21D Posts: 10,857 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Is there any trace of a seam anywhere on the edge?

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  • LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    i'm no expert but i'd say the ring test still applies to coins like this. got a thick table/desk handy?

    no way an electro and a copper cent, even in rough shape sound anything alike with the chunk of copper sounding solid while the electro probably just sounds plain weird.

    looks like s3.

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  • gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,138 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a cast counterfeit to me. Pics of the edge please.

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  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 8,698 ✭✭✭✭✭

    3 things:
    edge view

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  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 44,824 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @jesbroken said:
    3 things:
    edge view

    He gave the weight as 12.55 grams in his opening post. The mint specs were 13.48 grams so the weight seems correct for a heavily corroded cent that appears to be a metal detector find. I think it's real and it would be a good idea to get it slabbed for authenticity purposes.

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I agree with @PerryHall ... Looks like it spent a lot of time in the ground... send it in for authentication. Cheers, RickO

  • 87redcivic87redcivic Posts: 107 ✭✭✭

    The one thing that stands out to me is that the reverse chain design has so much more retained detail than 'ONE CENT'. I can understand the reverse outer lettering being worn, but the center should be more protected.
    Not my series though. It could be the higher relief of the obverse design led to a weak reverse strike in certain areas.

  • jonathanbjonathanb Posts: 3,332 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @87redcivic said:
    The one thing that stands out to me is that the reverse chain design has so much more retained detail than 'ONE CENT'.

    That is absolutely typical for chain cents and one of the details that speaks towards authenticity rather than the other way around. Look at other low grade chain cents, for example in the Heritage archives.

  • Dave99BDave99B Posts: 8,236 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks like a genuine Chain to me, just heavy porous. Cool cent.


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  • jacrispiesjacrispies Posts: 499 ✭✭✭✭

    I believe it is genuine. For a smooth and corroded cent, this one has decent appeal.

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