Wow, Sally. This is great! Are you convinced the coin is genuine and not one of the thousands of reprodcutions made of this rarity?
Our picture at the right, from eBay seller Iris_Bill, is a genuine piece, and CoinQuest thanks Iris_Bill for use of their coin image.
NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.
Value, not surprisingly, depends on condition. The coin in the picture grades about AG3 or G4 (coin collector terms) and catalogs around $1000. But that is a very subjective call. In well preserved condition, coin collector grade XF40, the catalog value soars to $8000. Even with more wear that Iris_Bill's coin, figure at least a few hundred dollars. Pretty cool, huh?
A counterfiet coin generally looks too good to be true. In the example fake at the left, the strike is very strong and the pattern is not quite right. Legal fakes have the word COPY inscribed in the coin. It is unlawful to own US coin replicas without the word COPY inscribed.
If you would like, Sally, use the Contact Us link to start and e-mail exchange with CoinQuest. Then send us a scan or photo of your coin. We might be able to advise you further. If you have a genuine coin, there are several steps you should take to protect its value.
Remember, also, that damage lowers a coin's value quickly. See our Important Terminology page for a discussion of damaged coins.