Coin and Paper Money Collecting/1926 coin


I have come across and coin that is wheat penny on the back and a 1926 liberty dime on the front?
Not sure if it is real or fake?

Hi Pam,

It's impossible for a coin that is made of 2 different types of metal (front & back) to have come from the mint like that -- there were never any coin blanks made like that.

So it has to be something that was made after it left the mint.  What you have is known as a magician's coin.  These novelty items were made to fool audiences, and are available in most majic or novelty shops for a couple dollars.

I hope this helps,


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