I am hearing not only from worried buyers, but from annoyed sellers who are getting emails from their buyers claiming they were sold altered dollars. Many of these sellers found the coins themselves in original Fed-wrapped rolls, and so they are absolutely certain of the authenticity! I'll spare you the cautionary tale about buying from eBay sellers who don't know their stuff, and get right to the point: Is there any way to tell whether or not a plain edge Presidential dollar is a fake?
Fortunately, there is. There are three key elements you should evaluate to determine whether or not you have a genuine plain edge, or "Godless" Presidential Dollar: weight, diameter, and minute edge characteristics. Learn what the proper specifications are, and how to detect fake plain edge dollars.
Coin photo by Shawn Bell of bigbuckbell auctions.