🥇 BANNER 1878 Contemporary counterfeit Trade dollar, San Francisco mint mark!

Scrappy

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Me and my buddies Eastcoast hunter and Bart got out for a hunt. A real beat up place that’ll reward you if you try hard enough. I’m right in a spot overlooking a stream and I get clunky mid-signal.

What I uncovered blew my mind. First I saw the eagle and the corroded edges and, having dug a few, I knew it was an old counterfeit. I was thinking it’s a counter Mexican 8. My buddy Charlie cleaned it I and we were floored. Never have I seen a trade dollar, much less a counterfeit one!
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I’ve dug some great old and real silver in my life, so I really appreciate a contemporary counterfeit when I find one. So enjoy, I’ve never seen or heard of one found, and this one cleaned up beautifully.
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Good hunts,

Steve
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That's an amazing recovery Scrappy!
It looks like pewter of some sorts.
Top shelter for sure, really liking it 👍
Damn Pepp, it’s top shelf for sure. It has a tremendous amount of silver plating (debased) so it held up really well. The inside metal loomed uniform and professionally done. Not a basement operation for sure
 

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View attachment 2011670 Me and my buddies Eastcoast hunter and Bart got out for a hunt. A real beat up place that’ll reward you if you try hard enough. I’m right in a spot overlooking a stream and I get clunky mid-signal.

What I uncovered blew my mind. First I saw the eagle and the corroded edges and, having dug a few, I knew it was an old counterfeit. I was thinking it’s a counter Mexican 8. My buddy Charlie cleaned it I and we were floored. Never have I seen a trade dollar, much less a counterfeit one! View attachment 2011666 View attachment 2011667

I’ve dug some great old and real silver in my life, so I really appreciate a contemporary counterfeit when I find one. So enjoy, I’ve never seen or heard of one found, and this one cleaned up beautifully.
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Good hunts,

Steve
Super Cool Find!!! Congrats!!!!
 
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awesome. Never seen a trade dollar posted here before....until now. Counterfeit or not, a super top shelfer.
Thanks. I hadn’t seen any either in all the years I’ve been on Tnet, so I figured those who appreciate the more obscure coinage and counterfeits would appreciate this post.
 

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