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December 01, 2009

Believe it or not, I still get collector e-mails and phone calls during periods of extreme precious metal volatility.

But these calls can take on a peculiar nature.

One call in the past week was from a fellow who said he was within driving distance of Phoenix, Ariz. He said he had an 1804 dollar.

I told him about Chinese fakes. I mentioned that all 15 genuine pieces were accounted for.

He replied it couldn’t be a Chinese fake because he had had it for 25 years. Well, he had me there.

My reply was to say that even if he told me his grandmother had had it for 100 years, it was still likely a fake.

I suggested he have a grading service or a dealer take a look at it.

That’s when he mentioned Phoenix.

I hope it is not a busy day in whatever Phoenix shop he chooses to visit to show them his 1804 dollar.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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