How to Spot a Fake 1776 Continental Currency Coin

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How to Spot a Fake 1776 Continental Currency Coin
Is it a fake? (coin image by Indigo Fish from

An authentic 1776 Continental Currency Coin can be worth thousands. But, with more fake coin than real ones on the market, you may find it difficult to determine if your is real or not. Fortunately there are a few simple tests to find out.

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    How to Spot a Fake 1776 Continental Currency Coin

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    Familiarise yourself with the attributes of an authentic 1776 Continental Currency Coin. They were made of several materials, including silver, brass, and copper, but most were struck in tin. One side shows 13 linked rings, labelled for the original 13 colonies. In the middle of this side are the words "We Are One." The other side shows a large date of 1776, and is circled with the words "Continental Currency". On some coins, this is misspelled as "Continental Curency." This side also depicts a sun and sundial, as well as the word "Fugio."

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    Look for the word "Copy" or "Replica" on the coin. Not all "fake" coins are counterfeit. Many are legitimate replicas, some produced by the United States itself.

  3. 3

    Consult a professional. An obviously fake copy can be identified by comparing it to the description above, but a clever fake can fool all but a well-trained eye.

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