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I think I found a counterfeit 1894 O Morgan in my grandfather’s collection

ThreeCentSilverFLThreeCentSilverFL Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

I’m still very slowly going through his raw collection. Found this one today. Looks off. It dings like silver but looks weird. Details a bit mushy. At first, I thought it was plated. Weight is low also. Thoughts?


  • DennisHDennisH Posts: 13,930 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My first reaction was acid soaking, which could explain both the the mushy appearance and slight underweight.

    When in doubt, don't.
  • ThreeCentSilverFLThreeCentSilverFL Posts: 1,655 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @DennisH i hadn’t thought of that. Thanks.

    First pic from Coin Facts

  • PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 44,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @CaptHenway said:
    The weight is ok for the condition. The remnants of plating suggest it was plated for use in jewelry, such as a key chain. Probably genuine.

    Agree it was plated most likely with chrome for use in a western style belt buckle.

    Worry is the interest you pay on a debt you may not owe.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yes... I agree with 'plated'... I have seen that peeling plating before on coins used for belt buckles or other jewelry. Morgans were used extensively for belt buckles. Cheers, RickO

  • FrazFraz Posts: 1,185 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You guys are good teachers! These lessons, over and over, instruct us, especially when it’s chill.

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