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US New Hampshire Copper (Counterfeit)  1776
US New Hampshire Copper (Counterfeit) 1776

William Moulton (WM on the coin) was empowered by the newly formed House of Representatives to make a copper coin in 1776. Not much more is known about these coins. They did not appear in circulation. If you should have a genuine New Hampshire copper, it is essentially priceless, worth 100s of 1000s of dollars. The counterfeits are worth zero.

However, it is essentially impossible to find such a coin. In China, and other emerging free-market countries, counterfeiters are enjoying their regulation-free atmosphere and flooding the market with fake rare coins. That is, in all probability, what you have. It is worth a few US dollars as a novelty, even if it does not carry the COPY inscription which is mandated in the US, but not in many other countries.

A note in this CoinTalk thread refers to famous coin cataloger Walter Breen and how he says a genuine piece has a weight of 79.5 grains, or 5.15 grams. If your coin weighs that much, submit it to PCGS, NGC, ANACS, or ICG for authentication. Look these up on the Internet. Do not use other services.

Coin buying has always been a Buyer Beware proposition. In today's economic climate, it is even more so. For more looks at counterfeit coins, visit this CoinQuest collection of them.

Coin: 1493 , Genre: United States
Requested by: MICHAEL, Thu, 08-Oct-2009 17:42:04 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Mon, 23-Sep-2013 15:11:55 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 18-May-2013 16:46:26 GMT
Requester description: 1776 WM ON ONE SIDE CIRCLED BY AMERICAN LIBERTY 1776 WITH A TREE HARP BETWEEN THE TWO SEVENS
Tags: us usa new hampshire copper counterfeit coppers bronze coppery brass cupro replica counterfet fake counterfiet reproductions repro reproduction counterfeits replicas forgery fakes wm one circled circle american america liberty tree harp two sevens seven ones encircle crrcle cirle circlet ring circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed ameria ameri amirica oamerica americana amer william moulton willaim guliflmus gvlielmvs guilemus gulielmus gulilmus guilelmus guliemos branch stalk palm pine oak initials monogram twigs sprig braches limb twig sprays sprigs branching branches branched palms initial initals calligraphy

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When did China start counterfeiting these coins? - emmil
emmil - The forgery business in China started long ago, but only recently -- the last 10 years or so -- have they become a real problem for honest coin people. Maybe someday China will grow up as a country and start cracking down on illegal operations. As it stands today, they encourage illegal operations. -- If you like, you can go to the Home page of CoinQuest and use the Contact link in the upper right corner to initialize an email conversation with us. Once contact has been established, you can send us pictures of your coin, and it'll be much easier to further identify and evaluate it. - CoinQuest (Andrei)

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