David Akers (1975/88): This date is one of the most common dates in the series. It is easy to obtain in any condition.
Ron Guth: One of the counterfeit 1885 Half Eagles can be identified by the following: 1) depression on the upper serif of the 5 (on the left, just above the juncture of the stand and the serif); 2) raised spikes coming out from some of the denticles; and 3) depression below and on the right center of the R of AMERICA.
-- 1885 Coronet Type $5 Gold" by Brian Silliman, NUMISMATIST, June 2007, page 119
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