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New Variety

Each new or potentially new circulating contemporary counterfeit U.S. coin die marriage (i.e. variety) undergoes a vetting process to carefully and critically evaluate its attributes.

Vetting Process (free service):

  • Photos of the obverse and reverse which are in focus, clear and distinct (minimum requirement);

  • Mail the potential new variety to the administrator (optional). This would allow for an in-person evaluation, examination, and analysis in order to document additional specific details and characteristics (planchet type, weight, diameter and thickness, edge type, etc.). It would also allow for a comparative analysis to other known varieties from the hosts extensive reference collection. If you are planning to mail the contemporary counterfeit U.S. coin, send an email to for more details.

Vetting Results:

  • Notification as to whether the variety is new and therefore has not been previously documented.

  • Obverse and reverse descriptions.

  • Additional details specific to that counterfeit variety.

  • Publication of the new variety to this website.

  • Identification as the discovery specimen, along with owner recognition on this website (the owner can remain anonymous).

  • Professional photograph of the new variety (only if mailing the piece for evaluation).

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