Fake Morgan dollars identified by Montgomery, Ill., dealer Tom Campbell of Tom's Fine Coins led to an April 4 arrest of an individual who was attempting to sell them through online classified ads.
"About half were common date," Campbell said. "All weighed 18-19 grams and were attracted to a magnet, some weak, some strong."
Approximately 20 coins ultimately were involved, though Campbell initially attempted only to buy two 1885-CC dollars for $280. He asked the seller to bring them in person and he would pay $40 per coin more. They arranged to meet in a public place in Plainfield, Ill.
When Campbell realized they were fake . . .
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