Counterfeit Detection, Grading, & Surface Alterations Articles Available.
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I have posted PDF files of many of my articles from The Numismatist on Counterfeit Detection, Coin Grading, Problem and Altered Coins for free download. Previously, these were only available by email, but to simplify the process and make it available to any collector who has in interest in counterfeit detection, these articles are now available on my website.

 

The articles cover a wide range of useful authentication skills and methods including magnification, specific gravity, and different tips for spotting fakes and alterations. The columns also highlight many different genuine and counterfeit coins. These articles were originally published in The Numismatist and I have made them available on my website for free download for my former ANA Seminar students and other interested collectors.

 

These columns were published between 2007 and 2012. I will try to add the articles and columns written from 1998 to 2007 at a later date.

 

To see if any of these articles may be useful to you, visit www.bsrarecoins.com.

 

I also highly recommend joining the ANA, as The Numismatist still offers a very good Counterfeit Detection column each month. The ANA's library is probably one of the best benefits of membership. Even the most knowledgeable numismatists use it frequently if not depend on it.

 

Enjoy them!

 

 

 

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Thanks, Brian!

 

That is very thoughtful of you. I hope collectors will read them and make good use of the information.

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Fantastic articles! Thank you for making them so readily available.

 

Jesse

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Hey Brian, how about getting the ANA to let you scan and upload Virgil Hancock's "Featuring Fakes" columns from the 1970's and the ANACS columns from the 1970's and 80's? Lot of good stuff in there if I do say so myself!

 

TD

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That's a "vintage" source of information on counterfeits. If we were to scan all of really good and relevant articles, columns and publications on counterfeits, it would be a full time job for many years.

 

Over the years I have gathered about 16 4 inch thick binders for genuine and counterfeit diagnostics, photographs, articles and notes for US and World coins I have seen. Luckily despite the vast number of fakes produced over the past decades, you're odds of encountering one are very low.

 

I'll try to add more articles and columns I have written to my site and I have a lot of recent material I want/should write about and I may post it there as well.

 

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Thank you very much for doing this.

 

(thumbs u

 

I didn't see anything on the early commemorative series of coins. Have you done any articles on them?

 

Thanks.

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Hi Brian, I don't quite understand how to get the articles. Do we check them out like we are purchasing something? Thanks

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