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Old 12-18-2009, 04:21 PM
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Default Opinions needed on this 1977-D Kennedy Half Dollar

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.









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Edited to add weight: Weight = 11.3 grams

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Old 12-18-2009, 04:24 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.
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Old 12-18-2009, 04:46 PM
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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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Old 12-18-2009, 07:06 PM
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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.

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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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Old 12-21-2009, 10:20 PM
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Dipped or polished.

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It looks like it was cleaned in a tumbler.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:45 AM
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The coin appears to have been etched by soaking it in an acid bath.

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