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Altered Coin Detection: Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Cameo 1960 Franklin Half By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation(NGC) ……. A white “frost” was applied to this Franklin Half Dollar to give its elements a cameo appearance. There are a number of ways that nefarious individuals altered coins in an attempt to trick unsuspecting buyers into thinking that the coin is better than it […]

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PCGS Experts Spot Deceptively Altered Colonial Rarity

A drastically but deceptively altered colonial 1792 Washington Eagle “cent” submitted to Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) underscores the alarming skills of some so-called “coin doctors” and why it is essential to have rare coins expertly and independently examined. Detective work by PCGS experts proved the recently submitted, but altered colonial American coin had been […]

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Altered Coin Detection: Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Cameo 1960 Franklin Half by Max Spiegel, NGC  ……. A white “frost” was applied to this Franklin Half Dollar to give its elements a cameo appearance. There are a number of ways that nefarious individuals altered coins in an attempt to trick unsuspecting buyers into thinking that the coin is better than it really is. […]

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Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Buyer Beware

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. AUCTION BUYING I want to make it clear – this is not a self serving Hot Topics. I am writing this based upon several negatives I see happening. As many of you know, I tirelessly fight coin doctors and dealers who shill for them. For awhile, things chilled. […]

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US Coin Market – Expert Advice – The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities.com Three Old School Rules to Protect New Rare Coin Buyers I began my career in numismatics during the late eighties. Rare coins were undergoing somewhat of a renaissance. Third party grading and encapsulation had begun in earnest. The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the American Numismatics Association Certifications Services (ANACS) […]

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