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Fake $10 Gold Liberty Head?

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Can't really say much from that picture other than that the fields look a bit too smooth and clean.

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Yeah, this coin is almost certainly a fake. Haven't seen $10 fakes. What I had more than a couple of times were faked Sovereigns. I had one made of approx. 65% pure gold.

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As long as the seller on Craiglist is a dealer who has a reputation of the highest order that is jealously guarded by their high level of professionalism, then OK to buy from such a source without examination 'in hand'.

 

1. Examine the coin alongside a known genuine equvalent, looking for variations in style (if any). If you don't have the confidence to do this yourself, 2. take it to an experienced professional coin dealer for an opinion.

3. Weigh it

4. Have it XRF* tested. Most bullion dealers have a hand held XRF testing instrument.

5. Comparative ring tone testing against a known genuine equivalent coin. This test carried out with the coins alongside each other, resting on the tips of gloved fingers over a soft surface, lest they fall. This test only useful in identifying different alloys to genuine, not fakes made from the same alloy as genuine.

 

I prefer to always examine all valuabe coins 'in hand' before making a decision to buy. For valuable coins bought via the 'net, make sure you buy from a professional dealer with an excellent reputation, who will always offer a money back guarantee if your purchase turns out to be fake.

 

 

* X Ray Florescence. The results of testing will reveal all of the elements, including those in trace amounts, in the surface layer only of the coin. Weighing should go hand in hand with such a test. Be beware that a tungsten core may be involved with fake coins, because tungsten has the same density as gold. Ring tone testing will easily identify such a gold fake with tungsten core.

This test much more useful for ancient coins, because a fake ancient made from good gold is usually made from a 'pure' alloy of metals in fixed proportion. Ancient metal refining could not achieve the high standards of modern alloys in the removal of trace elements.

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