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Author Archives: F. Michael Fazzari
I’m frequently asked how to tell the difference between an MS-61 or MS-62 coin. The answer becomes surprisingly simple once you learn to separate the various factors that determine the Mint State levels in the uncirculated range. Continue reading
Over the years, I have seen dealers and collectors use many methods to authenticate coins. Sometimes they work. Nevertheless, I have found that the most reliable method is simple examination using a stereomicroscope. Continue reading
Many counterfeit coins have one side that is more deceptive than the other. That is the case for the 1895-O Morgan dollar that a dealer and collector asked me to authenticate recently. Continue reading
Each individual collector has evolved his own method to examine coins. Let me share some observations with you. Continue reading
I believe that once you learn how to recognize friction wear, rubbing, cabinet friction, etc., whatever the current term for loss of mint luster on the highest point of a coin’s design is; you can grade anything. Continue reading
If someone asks you to name some of the defects commonly found on counterfeit coins what would you say? What would you look for on a coin that you suspected to be counterfeit? Continue reading
I want to encourage readers to look more closely at their coins. It’s fun to look at coins, especially when they are your own. Countless collectors/accumulators search rolls and dealer’s stock looking for interesting items. All you need to do is look closely. Continue reading
Let me answer one of the issues dealing with counterfeit coins that all authenticators have faced in their professional career: How much information to divulge to the public about specific counterfeit coins. Continue reading
Let’s examine again how many AU coins came to be graded as Mint State and hopefully clarify some points I tried to make in a previous article. Continue reading