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Counterfeit Detection: Altered 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Date alterations are the most common type of counterfeit seen on 1856 Flying Eagle cents.

By 1856 the half cent and large cent denominations had become extremely unpopular. They hardly circulated since their large sizes were simply too cumbersome to be useful in commerce. In addition, their size and 100% copper composition made them expensive to produce and the US Mint barely covered its costs when striking the coins. It was clearly time for a change.

With large cents still being issued, Chief Engraver James B. Longacre created dies for a smaller cent with a flying eagle design in 1856. A total of some 2,000-3,000 pieces of this prototype—or “pattern” in numismatic terminology—were struck. Examples were given to legislators and the public was also able to buy pieces directly from the Mint.

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Richmond man arrested after allegedly selling fake coins

RICHMOND, Ind. (WANE) – Indiana Excise Police arrested a Richmond man on four felony charges after allegedly selling fake coins to two other men.

Dennis Heavilon, 65, was arrested on charges of corrupt business influence, counterfeiting, forgery, and theft in the area of 6th and South A streets in Richmond, according to a press release from Indiana Excise Police.

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Zimmerli displays counterfeit coins as part of Roman collection

Thirteen counterfeit coins that have been urinated on will be on display at Rutgers. 

This year Rutgers University Department of Classics is pairing up with the Zimmerli Art Museum to display 13 counterfeit coins from their Ernst Badian collection of Roman Republic coins, according to the Rutgers University Libraries website.

This collection will be shown in the Class of 1973 Study Gallery. 

Faculty members at Rutgers can use the gallery to showcase an exhibit that pertains to their class, according to the Zimmerli Museum website.

The museum was inspired by other institutions to create the hands-on experience the Study Gallery offers, said Donna Gustafson, the Andrew W. Mellon Liaison for Academic Programs and Curator. 

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – Gold Coins

Learn common diagnostics of counterfeit gold coins from PCGS in this short video course. Watch the entire series at

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Counterfeit Detection, Dollars & Commemoratives

Learn important counterfeit coin detection insights for Dollars and Commemoratives in this short video from PCGS. Both genuine and counterfeit examples of Morgan Dollars, Trade Dollars and Silver Commemoratives are used to illustrate the course.

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