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This is the newest documented 1851 counterfeit gold dollar, hand-made die variety identified.  It is temporarily given variety designation 'C-1' because I have not yet begun giving formal variety codes to most counterfeit U.S. gold coins.  This example shows a fair amount of wear and has some scratches which were probably contemporary test-scratches to check for authenticity.  However, some of the original gold plating/gilt still remains in the recesses, especially on the reverse.  The letter sizes in DOLLAR, in particular the oversized LLs, are particularly diagnostic for this variety.

1851 counterfeit Gold Dollar, Variety 'C-1'

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