Counterfeit expert lists known fake coins in fake holders

Award-winning counterfeit coin expert Mike Marshall, of Trenton, Ont., has published an updated list of known counterfeit Canadian coins in fake Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) holders.

“The fake coins are relatively easy to identify by the markers,” Marshall said. “Vigilance is key. Buy from a trusted source, and of course, educate yourself.”

Marshall’s list of fake coins in fake holders includes:

  • the 1870 50-cent coin;
  • the 1872 50-cent coin;
  • the 1888 50-cent coin;
  • the 1890 50-cent coin;
  • the 1894 50-cent coin;
  • the 1921 five-cent coin;
  • the 1921 50-cent coin;
  • the 1923 cent;
  • the 1925 cent;
  • the 1925 five-cent coin;
  • the 1926 five-cent coin;
  • the 1932 50-cent coin;
  • the 1936 “dot” cent variety;
  • the 1945 $1 coin;
  • the 1947 $1 coin; and
  • the 1948 $1 coin.

1 Comment

  • John G says:

    Hello Mike Marshall. I sent a messenger post to you but it has not been viewed yet. The post is about a 1929 half dollar that I purchased and after weighing it, it was found to be 2 grams under weight of 11.66g. It would nice to be contacted by somebody to discuss this find. Probably fake but I’m not sure. May wrong planchet. Please reply. To gamblewithjohn@

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