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Certifiably Counterfeit

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Counterfeit coin housed in a counterfeit PCGS holder. PCGS revealed that the fake holders do not stack with real holders. Genuine PCGS holders snap in place when stacked on top of each other. The coin is also counterfeit. One diagnostic of the counterfeit reverse is the line of repeating depressions above the eagle’s head. Virtually all of the feathers on the eagle’s wings have been re-engraved, eliminating some of the die doubling this is part of the die-struck counterfeit. The counterfeit dies are of good quality, but were retooled. Genuine examples show doubling on the feathers on the eagle’s wings. On the counterfeit dies, the counterfeiter retooled the wings in a different style so that the feathers appear more vertical.

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