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One Cent USA 1877-front
One Cent USA 1877-fron  

One Cent USA 1877-Back
One Cent USA 1877-Back  
Dear Sir,

Greetings for the Day, I seek your help in understanding my coin "one cent united states of america 1877" on 2 counts.
1) if this coin in original.
2) what is the value that I can expect of this coin.

I have attached the images for your reference. I would be glad to receive your positive response.

Thank you once again for all your support.

Warm Regards

Jiten Shah

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Hi Jiten,

Unfortunately, your coin is not real.

You can see pictures of a real one here :

http://www.coinfacts.com/small_cents/indian_head_cents/1877_indian_head_cent__co

Right off the bat, compare the size of the numbers in the date -- they are way too large on your coin.

On the reverse, notice the size of the arrow heads and the thickness of the center bars of the N's -- both are wrong.

Being an unmarked counterfeit, it is illegal to sell this coin in the U.S. -- so its value is nothing.

If I were you, I would demand my money back from whomever you bought this coin from.

Good luck,

Dan

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My strong familiarity with all U.S. Mint coins, extensive reference library, and close relationships with many other dealers allows me to identify just about any coin made in the USA. I receive regular updates to all the current price guides -- both wholesale & retail -- to provide accurate values. So, with a good description or pictures, I should be able to identify and value any U.S. coin you have.

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I've been a coin dealer since the 1980's and a coin collector since the 1960's. I specialize in U.S. Silver Coins and have an active online website -- The Working Man's Rare Coins -- http://www.workingmancoins.com -- offering information and inventory in U.S. coins.

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