1795 flowing hair, draped bust.
I have 2 of these coins I recently found in my mothers (R.I.P) things. And I have googled my fingers off and the more I read the more confused I become. I had them looked at by some coin “professionals) and one said that he would give me an appraisal but only if I first would agree to sell them to him afterwards, So back to square one and the second guy said that there were many different things about these particular coins that could drastically change their value and that he was afraid to give me wrong information but that they were Valuable in his opinion. Can you help me?
I saw this topic of yours and another post of yours about (a) chinese coin(s).
For the chinese coin(s) you left no photos at all,for this topic about your grandma's 2 old american coins ONLY 2 photos. It is not clear if the 2 photos are of one single coin (both sides) or 1 photo for each coin (one side for each).
You ask us for help... Very well,thanks for your confidence! We'll try to do this the best we can do,but... to help you, please help us first!
* Please remember that FOR EACH COIN YOU SUBMIT to our analyse, you'll have to provide:
1) clear,macro(it is better) photos of BOTH COIN'S SIDES.
2) photo of the coin's EDGE.
3) accurate WEIGHT of the coin. An electronic balance is a very useful tool (for anybody to have it) & costs no more than 10-15$. In commerce there are many models(the China made fit very well,they are good). For numismatic or jewels' purpose you'll have to choose a balance's accuracy of 0.01g.
4) if possible,also the coin's DIAMETER & its metal (if you can say!). P.S.: No.4) requirement is not ''a must''...
5) the result of a ''magnet test'' done by you on any coin. This means if the coin in discussion STICKS or NOT to a magnet (it's quite easy to find some magnets).
*Dear Amy,we are waiting for you to come back to us with the requested data. Please,don't forget,for EACH COIN you want info. about it!
Amy,up to the moment you'll come back to us with the data I asked you for,my impression is that, unfortunately, you have a COPY of one very valuable old american silver dollar: the ''draped bust'' type, year 1795.
At a first glance,the rim is not Ok.: it has a modern appearance,not likely the old, genuine design. Additionally,the coin is too round for those times & minting processes.
Then,the hair of the Liberty bust & the eagle on the other side look unnatural.
I send you some photos of genuine specimens,to compare details for yourself:
P.S.: They all were professionaly authenticated and graded as MS66,MS65,AU58,AU55.
Hi Amy --
I'm sorry you are getting such run-arounds by the "professionals." They are not ... professional, that is. Any coin dealer worth his or her salt can supply honest and accurate appraisals on a moment's notice. That's what they do for a living.
Sadly, also, counterfeit coins have become extremely common in the world of coin collecting. It has gotten so bad, some collectors SPECIALIZE in fakes!
That aside, your coin is a counterfeit US silver dollar. It is worth a few dollars to a collector. I photoshopped a side-by-side comparison of your coin with a genuine specimen. Such comparisons only work sometimes, but this comparison works because it shows many marked discrepancies between your coin and a genuine coin. Look, for instance, at the shape of the stars, the patterns in the hair, and the details of Miss Liberty's eyes, nose, and mouth.
Here's some further reading for you:
appraisal page; https://coinquest.com/cgi-bin/cq/coins.pl?coin=13596
description of fakes: https://coinquest.substack.com/p/anatomy-of-a-fake