1776 Continental Currency Real or Fake
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Had this coin since childhood as a gift from my grandfather. It weighs 16 grams and measures 36mm in diameter. After all the comparison to fakes I think I may have a replica due to diameter and unsure if it was struck verses cast. It also appears to have a silver plating that has worn off over the years. 

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Yes, a lead or white metal replica.

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Most times, if you have to ask it's not real, and this is one of those times.

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On 9/22/2022 at 6:49 PM, ScopeGuardPony said:

Gonna pop in here with one of my own, as it was found when we popped open my stepfather's fireproof safe and it was in a little coin container.

 

That one is special, but not in a good way. It might be the worst replica/fake I've yet seen. Not even slightly suspicion-raising, much less convincing.

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I have not seen very many of these so I'm curious what the key indicators of a cast counterfeit are. The lack of detail and the "mushy" appearance, without apparent significant genuine wear, that appears to be the case for both of these?

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The most common tells are a granular, sometimes pitted, surface, and evidence of a casting sprue around the rim. Beyond that, I recommend you look at pictures on this site and others to get a feel for how a genuine example should look. Many of us on here shy away from giving too much detail on how to determine if a coin is a counterfeit. We believe that counterfeiters frequent chat boards to get clues about how to be improve their craft.

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On 9/23/2022 at 4:36 PM, DWLange said:

This is a good place to see how the real ones look, and the differences will become obvious to you:

https://www.ngccoin.com/coin-explorer/united-states/post-colonial-period-1776-1820/continental-dollars/

Like night and day, thanks.

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