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1861 CSA cent

Going through a wealthy friend's random buying spree and come across this. He can't find it on an invoice and all I can find is the info on PCGS contacts. Planning to send it to grade, but can anyone enlighten me on if this is an original? It doesn't seem to be a restrike. I know nothing about these. Thanks in advance!!

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    lcutlerlcutler Posts: 504 ✭✭✭✭

    It's just a reproduction. Compare to images of an original and they are not the same at all. The first thing that sticks out is the wrong font for the 1 on the reverse, the spacing of the lettering is wrong on the obverse, no period after AMERICA, I could go on and on.

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    GreenstangGreenstang Posts: 813 ✭✭✭✭

    Not original, either a restrike or a counterfeit. Not sure which without doing further research.

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    ifthevamzarockinifthevamzarockin Posts: 8,498 ✭✭✭✭✭

    replica/counterfeit

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    NewEnglandRaritiesNewEnglandRarities Posts: 1,043 ✭✭✭✭

    Most certainly a modern replica (not a restrike from original dies which also exist in some quantity). Worth far less than the cost of grading just to tell you it’s a replica. Sorry I don’t have better news.

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    JWPJWP Posts: 17,748 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 4, 2024 8:18PM

    @Southern_Knights These are photos of an 1861 CSA 1 Cent coin that I have. Mine is not real. However it is an authentic reproduction that was minted on the original die many years after 1861 that the CSA used 1861. The lines on the reverse were from the rust which formed on the CSA Die until it was reused to mint my coin.


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    JWPJWP Posts: 17,748 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @lcutler said:
    It's just a reproduction. Compare to images of an original and they are not the same at all. The first thing that sticks out is the wrong font for the 1 on the reverse, the spacing of the lettering is wrong on the obverse, no period after AMERICA, I could go on and on.

    Thanks for the info. I just posted a CSA 1 cent from a CSA die and your comments are spot on when I looked at my coin after reading your comment. thanks for the info.

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    Thank y'all for the info. I had told my buddy not to get his hopes up, this was in a little paper flip in a box of randomness. Thank y'all again!

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    JBKJBK Posts: 14,788 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JWP said:
    @Southern_Knights These are photos of an 1861 CSA 1 Cent coin that I have. Mine is not real. However it is an authentic reproduction that was minted on the original die many years after 1861 that the CSA used 1861. The lines on the reverse were from the rust which formed on the CSA Die until it was reused to mint my coin.

    Just to clarify, the Bashlow restored were not struck using the actual original dies. They were struck from transfer dies made from the original dies.

    Also, the "lines on the reverse" are from a chisel that was used to "cancel" the original dies. (The raised areas on the obverse might be from rust, or a punch, not sure which).

    Just trying to help keep the record straight. :)

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    JWPJWP Posts: 17,748 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JBK Thanks, I was told that the x was a rust problem. Thanks for correcting that issue. I learned a lot about this CSA Cent, just wonder what the value might be. No problem, this cent has found a forever home in TN. Thanks for the education, I really appreciate it.

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