1787 Massachusetts “4C” Half Cent + 1-Web page Attribution Information

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1787 Massachusetts “4C” Half Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Younger, Early American Coppers (EAC) for CoinWeek …..

A remark I’ve heard with regard to those newest struck fakes is that the counterfeiters don’t copy low-grade or frequent cash; the topic of this newest article begs to vary and I titled my earlier Colonial Coin Collectors Membership (C4) Information Letter article “A Story of a Curious “4-C Massachusetts 1⁄2 Cent”. This text is meant as one other installment disclosing found present misleading struck counterfeits and establishing one-page attribution guides for every; the analysis continues to be a collaborative effort with many taking part numismatic golf equipment, Fb “Darkish Facet” members and different mates taking part.

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1787 Massachusetts “4C” half cent. Images courtesy Jack D. Young

After seeing this “coin” listed for public sale on the Web by certainly one of members of the identical group of apparently related sellers I monitor I instantly turned my “suspicious eye” on it; beginning with the third-party grading certification I grew to become much more suspicious of this one, as the net cert verification said “Grade: CONTACT CUSTOMER SERVICE”. I pulled the pics from the itemizing and emailed them to a number of C4/EAC people I do know for his or her opinions, as this was my first take a look at a Massachusetts copper. The outcomes drove extra questions, because the pics weren’t nice and the “coin” wasn’t in-hand however everybody who reviewed it said considerations about its potential authenticity; one other consideration was the likelihood it was an unknown die state/selection, so how cool would that be?

Biting the bullet, I made a decision to “win” the public sale (for an undisclosed embarrassing value) and switch this analysis article into one other private studying expertise because of the assistance of a number of “copper mates”.

One of many preliminary steps I absorb investigating an attention-grabbing “coin” is to check it to photographs of a recognized real instance. There are lots of excellent coin associated websites to make use of as assets to this finish (public sale homes, TPG websites, and many others.). On this case I discovered an analogous instance of the identical selection on Heritage Public sale’s web site and created the comparability photos as follows:

1787 Massachusetts “4C” half cent, Jack D. Young and Heritage Auction example comparison

Left: Author’s instance (picture courtesy of NGC); Proper: Real instance (picture courtesy Heritage/HA.com)

The pink circles spotlight areas of variations between these two examples. From this overview it grew to become extra obvious the right way to seek for different ones, concentrating on the variations to a recognized one AND the obvious harm famous on the decrease eagle/date space of the suspect one.

1787 Massachusetts 4C half cent, additional internet examples

Two extra web sale examples

Notice the longer bow, “reworked” die break, and the identical reverse “harm”, the ding on the primary “7”, flattening of the decrease department and notch within the tail feather over “8” of those examples.

1787 Massachusetts 4C half cent reverse diagnostics

Since my C4NL article ran final fall we have now discovered two extra examples of this one; the primary in December 2016 was encapsulated by one of many TPGs, the second instance was listed on the Web in June 2017 and was uncooked. That makes the present rely seven documented examples – with no technique to know what number of extra are literally “on the market”!

The attribution web page follows.

1787 Massachusetts 4C half cent counterfeit attribution 1

Struck Counterfeit – Might 2016 web (author’s instance)

1787 Massachusetts 4C half cent counterfeit attribution 2

Attainable “Supply” Instance; Real Instance (courtesy HA.com)

Key Attribution Factors:

1787 Massachusetts 4C half cent counterfeit attribution 3

Longer Bow (Far Left, Heart Left); Tooled/eliminated obverse die break (Heart, Heart Proper); Reverse Harm (Far Proper)

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