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New Pillar dollar fakes can fool you

A few weeks ago I came across an article in which the writer warned of deceptive counterfeit Pillar dollars entering the coin market. At the time, all I could do was to wish to actually see one of these fakes to determine for myself how deceptive they actually are. Continue reading

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Edges can reveal coin to be a fake

A coin’s edge is an important side that professional graders/authenticators rarely overlook. What are they looking for? Damage and alterations are the first things that come to my mind; yet other attributes such as the edge type and style are also important. Continue reading

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Which details are most important?

How many times have you heard these words? “Grading is subjective” or “Grading is an art not a science?” That leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and we’ll examine some of that in this column. The subjective nature of grading is possibly one reason many numismatists are conservative buyers or liberal sellers. There is less risk of taking a hit to the wallet. Knowledge is power. It can be a jungle out in the marketplace where the uninformed can be eaten alive. Continue reading

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