There was a time when fake Trade Dollars were authenticated and slabbed by the most reputable third party grading services; accidentally of course. The counterfeits, out of China, were so numerous, and close to the design appearance of a United States Trade Dollar, that a few slipped through the cracks, so to speak. Good for the consumer that the experts caught their mistakes early on and published the important information.
With the advent of the Internet, all this information can be accessed with only a few clicks of a mouse. The Internet allows common coin collectors to be more informed on the fake and counterfeit coin problem and the details that identify a coin as counterfeit.
However, some coin collectors still don’t realize the differences of a fake vs. authentic, even with all the current information, and pictures of a Chinese counterfeit mint facility, with hundreds of fake US coins in stacks, that are now posted all over the web. But it doesn’t have to be like this, and in the future maybe these counterfeit mint facilities will be shut down. Until then, let’s look at a few pictures and details of a fake and authentic Trade and Morgan Dollars to discern some of the differences.
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