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|Posted: Wed May 11th, 2011 03:11 pm||
|j harold 587-
I might be wrong, but looking at the photo, I don't believe that the inscription was done recently. The hole that someone put in the coin indicates that it might have been used for some purpose other than as a coin, perhaps as a type of jewelry. In addition to the hole, there are two gouges on the reverse where someone apparently tried making holes. They are actually in the inscription, and thus were made after it.
Its hard to get into the mind of the person or persons who to my way of thinking have mutilated a perfectly good coin. But its my guess that they did what they did a long time ago.
Taking into account j harold's alert, I've looked into the matter further. I've discovered this website:
Exonumia Fake, Fantasy tokens and medals, badges, Slave Tags, political, more!
It specifically mentions the fake 1860 O silver dollar with the Pender inscription. (It doesn't mention the hole or the gouges). Whats amazing about it, according to this source, is that it isn't the full size of a silver dollar. I can't tell the size of the coin in the photo, and the designs of the half dollar and silver dollar were the same. Obviously, if the coin in the photo is smaller in size and weight than a genuine silver dollar (It would be easy to compare it to a Morgan dollar), then its obviously a fake. If that is the case, then everything I've said about the object in the photo is wrong. (Kind of like a doctor making a diagnosis without examining the patient).
Its hard to imagine someone going to a lot of trouble to make a very elaborate fake item like this, and then making it the wrong size. It would be sad if this item is one of the fakes. But clearly the first test to put it to is the size of the object.
Last edited on Wed May 11th, 2011 04:10 pm by Texas Defender