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This variety is one of nine documented hand-made die counterfeit gold dollars dated 1853.  The quality of die workmanship on this variety was very good.  The planchet is brass and over 80% of the original gold plating remains present on the surface suggestive of relatively little handling and circulation over the past 160+ years or so since it was made (probably pre-Civil War).  Diagnostic pick-up-points for this variety are difficult to describe here.  Only a few examples of this variety have yet been documented and its true or estimated surviving population is unknown.

1853 counterfeit Gold Dollar, Variety 'C-1'

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