|Fig. 1: Counterfeit 1858 coin from Big Tree Coin Factory, obverse. Photo courtesy of Mike Marshal, used here with permission.|
|Fig. 2: Counterfeit 1858 coin from Big Tree Coin Factory, reverse. Photo courtesy of Mike Marshal, used here with permission.|
Will never be a higher grade than seen in photo.
Will not have Vicky crud in the devices.
Will not have 160 years of patina.
Will have a colour that will make you pause.
The coin will look to be softly struck.
Vicky has had a nose job, resulting in a bump at the bridge of her nose.
The obverse is exactly the same as that use for 1859.
The reverse has exactly the same die cracks as that found for 1859.
The entire date has been re-cut into the working die using the wrong font.
The T in CENT is missing the upper left side.
There is no real coin for 1858 with any of these characteristics.
|Fig. 3: Date comparison. The date from the real coin is on the top. Note that the counterfeit coin has a much slimmer 1 with an exaggerated upper serif on the left, a flat top 5 and the bowls of the 8's are round, not oval.|
|Fig. 4: The die crack and chip from a real 1858 coin is shown at the top. The die crack that is on the counterfeit is similar but not the same and is shown below.|