Articles

A Coin’s Luster Affects Grade and Eye Appeal

 A Coin’s Luster Affects Grade and Eye Appeal F. Michael “Skip” Fazzari I enjoy teaching and passing on knowledge to seminar students or to collectors who stop at the ICG table at coin shows. After a pleasant interaction with a novice dealer at the Clearwater Coin Show I feel it’s...
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Grading Services: Targets for Counterfeiters

 Grading Services: Targets for Counterfeiters F. Michael “Skip” Fazzari   This year will mark the fortieth anniversary of coin authentication services in the United States. My fortieth will come later this year in September. Things were simpler in the “old days.” There was no pressure to return coins quickly, no...
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Knowledge of Authenticators Ever Expanding

 Knowledge of Authenticators Ever Expanding F. Michael “Skip” Fazzari   Have you ever heard some form of the expression “History repeats itself?” Did you see the movie Ground Hog Day where much of the action is repetitive? Well, sometimes I feel the same thing is going on in my professional...
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Knowing What The Genuine Looks Like

 Knowing What The Genuine Looks Like F. Michael “Skip” Fazzari (Originally published in the “Making the Grade” column of Numismatic News)   A recent trip to a jewelry supply center in Sarasota, FL opened my eyes to the equipment available to a modern day counterfeiter on a very modest budget. ...
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Some Characteristics of Counterfeits

 Some Characteristics of Counterfeits F. Michael “Skip” Fazzari (Originally published in the “Making the Grade” column of Numismatic News) Recently, I wrote a brief synopsis covering the evolution of counterfeit coins that I have witnessed since becoming a professional authenticator in 1972.  To continue along this tract, let’s roll back...
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