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Braided Hair Large Cent Counterfeit – Fake 1856 Large Cent

Large Cent Counterfeit Coin

Here’s an image comparison for a counterfeit versus an authentic 1856 Braided Hair Large Cent. It is easy to see one is fake over the authentic when they’re side by side, but it’s another thing when the fake is being sold with other like coins.

On the fake the strike is “off” and weak, the head tilt is not known for this date, and the over-all details are just not there or are incorrectly executed.

Counterfeits can also weigh the same as authentic examples so you need to know the details, and sometimes even the die varieties to distinguish between a fake or a real coin.

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