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Fake Trade Dollar example

spyglassdesignspyglassdesign Posts: 1,437 ✭✭✭✭✭

Buyer beware! This post is for educational purposes.

I made a mistake and didn't do my due diligence on this coin and it is being returned, but I wanted to post it here so others can see some of the stuff that now catches my eye now that I look closer. These are my images, and these items I list below weren't obvious in the auction photos, although if I was paying more attention some of them were.

Some examples are the date numerals are wrong shape, the denticles are wrong, and the leaf in her hand isn't fully struck. Additionally, it's a bit harder to tell but the eagle head is smooshy. The breaks in "DOLLAR" are odd as well as the stars.

If anyone else sees anything else, feel free to add to it so others can see the differences and be better able to spot fakes!

The second set of images are an authenticated trade dollar.


  • slider23slider23 Posts: 579 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for posting. The stars and the 3 are on the crude side. Counterfeiters of trade dollars have a weakness with getting full developed denticles that are correct.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @spyglassdesign... Thanks for sharing your lessons learned.... Great pictures.... Cheers, RickO

  • telephoto1telephoto1 Posts: 4,638 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Lots of tells here indicative of false dies. Poorly executed details in Liberty's features (head, hands, feet, dress), IN GOD WE TRUST, E PLURIBUS UNUM, denticles, lettering...

    RIP Mom- 1932-2012

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