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  1. Sorry, I should have clarified. I really just meant that that luster never appears on fake ones, so if it does appear, you know the coin is genuine. That said, if the luster doesn't appear, it might still be genuine and just not have the luster. But still, has anyone heard mention of this from experts? I'd be curious to hear what they have to say about this effect.
  2. I think APMEX is way overpriced. Sorry to hear about your bad experience with them. I hope they wouldn't intentionally deceive collectors. I've been buying from Bullion Exchanges (bullionexchanges.com) for a while now, and they seem very knowledgeable, reliable, and consistently the best I can find on price. They obviously carries a lot of bullion, but their numismatic pre-33 gold and silver selection is actually really nice and fairly graded as well.
  3. Out of all of the material I've read on counterfeit Indian quarter eagles, I haven't heard anyone mention luster as a way to distinguish between genuine and spurious examples of these coins. On genuine uncirculated examples, there is a cartwheel effect that centers on the top right corner of the Indian's headdress. There is also a secondary cartwheel effect that centers in the Indian's neck. I've never seen a counterfeit example successfully imitate these two cartwheel effects at once. Has anyone else noticed this, or seen any experts on this series mention this? I consider it a very helpful way to determine genuine uncirculated Indian quarter eagles from fake ones. It's nearly impossible to notice unless it's in hand or in a video explicitly showing that effect (I did my best to capture it here):