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Possibly fake 1921 Peace Dollar?

EZVEZV Posts: 78 ✭✭
edited January 15, 2023 8:57PM in U.S. Coin Forum

Another one posted in my group. Another person me that has me stumped. It looks to have pitting on the surfaces and looks to be too low relief to be real. I’m thinking this is a high quality fake… if it is real, it has been polished to oblivion. Opinions?

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    LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    i'm gonna lean towards fake partly because it is unlikely someone will just have what is probably valued these days at several thousand dollars just you know, layin' around?

    looks really off from the pics imo.

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    EZVEZV Posts: 78 ✭✭
    edited January 15, 2023 9:09PM

    @LanceNewmanOCC said:

    looks really off from the pics imo.

    It does. I will wait for more opinions as you don’t seem entirely sure either

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    spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,499 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Her mouth, the hair behind her neck, and the tail feathers on the rev looks off to me... Hard to tell for sure by the photos tho.

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    Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The pics aren’t great but it looks okay to me, it’s just been circulated or maybe cleaned… many 1921 peace were cleaned. This one is a poor strike - but that’s common for the 21.

    Here’s a few of mine:










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    Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ve had several raw 1921 peace dollar coins that I thought for sure would straight grade but came back cleaned:
    Here are two recent examples: sold them for about half what I paid - sigh



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    OldIndianNutKaseOldIndianNutKase Posts: 2,700 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have four 21's and this looks nothing like them. The strike is very weak (common) but the pitting is especially concerning on the date numerals. It is either real and worthless or fake. Might sell for more as a certified counterfeit.

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    Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @OldIndianNutKase said:
    I have four 21's and this looks nothing like them. The strike is very weak (common) but the pitting is especially concerning on the date numerals. It is either real and worthless or fake. Might sell for more as a certified counterfeit.

    Lol - I think it’s probably real but you’re right it’s not worth much. Maybe 40 to 60 dollars for one in that condition??

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    morgandollar1878morgandollar1878 Posts: 4,006 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It looks like a fake to me, can't say I recall ever seeing a 1921 Peace with a weak pitted date. The side shot of the rims also show a shallow relief.

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    Che_GrapesChe_Grapes Posts: 1,851 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @morgandollar1878 said:
    It looks like a fake to me, can't say I recall ever seeing a 1921 Peace with a weak pitted date. The side shot of the rims also show a shallow relief.

    You’re right about the side shot - strange …

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    EZVEZV Posts: 78 ✭✭

    Man… it’s half and half lol. I’ll have the member weigh the coin, would that help any?

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    TPRCTPRC Posts: 3,739 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I vote fake.

    Tom

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    DelawareDoonsDelawareDoons Posts: 3,246 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Fake imho.

    Weight can help but isn't the tell-all. Sometimes they increase the diameter or thickness to compensate and make it weigh within tolerances.

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    PortrossPortross Posts: 82 ✭✭✭

    I think it’s fake. The luster is odd, the rays above the forehead are pitted, and the letters in GOD (and elsewhere) are lumpy. On the reverse, the flat area across the eagle’s back does not look like a weak strike on a genuine 1921.

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    MFeldMFeld Posts: 12,051 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @LanceNewmanOCC said:
    i'm gonna lean towards fake partly because it is unlikely someone will just have what is probably valued these days at several thousand dollars just you know, layin' around?

    looks really off from the pics imo.

    I don’t understand where you got your “several thousand dollars” figure. The coin looks AU and cleaned. That aside, my guess is that it’s genuine and worth roughly $150.

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    gumby1234gumby1234 Posts: 5,428 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks harshly cleaned

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    BillJonesBillJones Posts: 33,482 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I vote real but harshly cleaned which makes comments about using the surfaces as authentication tool speculative. These pieces are almost always weak in the centers, and a small amount of wear makes that worse.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looking closely, and comparing to certified Peace dollars, I think it is authentic, but cleaned and maybe polished.... Not one I would buy. Cheers, RickO

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    Project NumismaticsProject Numismatics Posts: 1,334 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Looks real and cleaned. Recent eBay results suggest it’s worth about $120- $160.

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    nwcoastnwcoast Posts: 2,845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think it’s authentic. Just weakly struck, beat up a bit and harshly cleaned.

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    LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 16, 2023 8:41AM

    there are a lot of times the fakes have a high unc look and i'm leaning towards that in this case (and if so, hence my comment), granted the pics and lighting used are not making sense to my eyes so i can't tell for sure. :)

    edited to add: i sure am glad there are groups/discords/tweeters groups that tag-team this stuff and not us. i couldn't do it all day from random quality images. my head would explode. in-hand isn't so bad cuz you could just whiz through most of em.

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    FlyingAlFlyingAl Posts: 2,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I believe it is a harshly cleaned, albeit genuine, example.

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    Coin FinderCoin Finder Posts: 6,953 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think its real but scrubbed clean. Whomever cleaned it thought it was real as they were trying to improve the coin to make it more valuable. But as we all know this ruins the coin and makes it less valuable..

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    LanceNewmanOCCLanceNewmanOCC Posts: 19,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @EZV said:
    Man… it’s half and half lol. I’ll have the member weigh the coin, would that help any?

    if you would ask. if it comes back too far off, that is that. if not, back to square one.

    i blew up the images and put em beside some of the examples posted in this thread and i'm really leaning towards fake now as there are disconnected devices, beveling (in my eyes) and i'm going with the, "where there is smoke, there is fire."

    the overall strike seems too weak, even for a weakly struck authentic example. again, the lighting isn't helping but the signs are there imo.

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    Coin FinderCoin Finder Posts: 6,953 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What does the coin weigh?

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    BuffaloIronTailBuffaloIronTail Posts: 7,411 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think it's genuine, with the typical (but more extreme) strike weakness. Definite cleaning, to the extent that the coin looks like it was given to a shoe shine boy and buffed to infinity.

    Pete

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    dcarrdcarr Posts: 8,004 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @EZV said:
    Another one posted in my group. Another person me that has me stumped. It looks to have pitting on the surfaces and looks to be too low relief to be real. I’m thinking this is a high quality fake… if it is real, it has been polished to oblivion. Opinions?

    I don't think that is a US Mint product.
    Probably of recent Chinese origin and silver plated.

    The uneven surface texture on the date digits is one tell.
    The forehead outline has the wrong curvature where it meets the hair.

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    ChrisH821ChrisH821 Posts: 6,328 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think it's fake.
    Weak date, tiara rays fat and mushy.

    Collector, occasional seller

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    NickelMikeNickelMike Posts: 190 ✭✭✭

    Authentic, weak strike and cleaned a few times is my bet.

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    tincuptincup Posts: 4,778 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yeah... that curve on the forehead.... and the date.... and low overall relief.... says fake to me. At least not one that I would want to purchase.

    ----- kj
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    nwcoastnwcoast Posts: 2,845 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m changing my vote to fake after a more careful review and consideration of recent evidence presented by our very astute friend @dcarr. Thank you.

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