As the U.S. paper dollar continues to suffer from inflation, more and more people have begun to take interest in hard currency. Silver dollars are easier and more affordable to acquire than gold, making the silver dollar a popular coin with investors. But unless you purchase directly from a reputable coin dealer, you need to be on the lookout for fake silver dollars. For starters, look at the date. Any U.S. silver dollars minted before 1964 are silver; from 1964 onward, they are often made of copper-nickel clad. Measure the coin’s diameter and compare its size with similar authentic coins. If the size varies, it’s either a rare variant or more likely a forgery.
For more tips on identifying real silver dollars from fake ones, contact Coins of the Realm in Rockville, MD. We are the premier gold and silver coin dealer in Gaithersburg. Whether you’re buying, selling, or looking for an evaluation, Coins of the Realm can help. Contact us online or call us at (301) 340-1640 if you have questions.