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Thread: Opinions needed on this 1977-D Kennedy Half Dollar

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    I pulled this from a box of 500 and am very curious about this coin. while, it may be a contemporary counterfeit, the fields look vaguely similar to an extremely tired and erroded die (both obverse and reverse).

    Now, if it is a counterfeit, its not very well done.









    More pictures can be viewed at: http://s164.photobucket.com/albums/u...sual%201977-D/

    Edited to add weight: Weight = 11.3 grams
    Last edited by 19Lyds; 12-18-2009 at 05:41 PM.

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    If the edge shows a normal clad composition, it's unlikely to be a counterfeit. Most counterfeits shows a nickel-colored edge. I suspect the coin was mechanically altered in some fashion outside the Mint.
    Mike Diamond. Error coin writer and researcher.

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    Here is the reeded edge next on top of an authentic 1972-D:



    More reeding:



    How could you possible mechanically alter this. Note the points on eagles legs where FG normally would be:



    See also the back of Kennedy's head:


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    It appears to have had an external heat source applied to it; more than likely a small butane blow torch. However, this is just my opinion, although I have seen similar conditions on a Lincoln cent and have confirmed that is what had happened.

    BJ Neff
    Member of: ANA, CCC, CONECA, Fly-in-club, FUN, NLG & T.E.V.E.C.

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    I would expcet this to have turned black and blue.

    Do you suppose is was dipped afterwards?

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    Dipped or polished.

    BJ Neff
    Member of: ANA, CCC, CONECA, Fly-in-club, FUN, NLG & T.E.V.E.C.

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    It looks like it was cleaned in a tumbler.

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    The coin appears to have been etched by soaking it in an acid bath.

    Thanks,
    Bill

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