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Hofmann’s Teenage Forgeries

Shannon Flynn worked closely with Mark Hofmann and knows him better than most other people.  In this conversation, we’ll talk about Hofmann’s Teenage Forgeries.  How old was he when he started?

Shannon:  His first coin forgery was when he was 12 years old.  I believe the first time he ever uttered a forgery, in other words other than something for doing himself was when he was 14 years old.  He had learned through a process of trial and error how to add mint marks to legitimate coins.  He would buy a legitimate coin, maybe a penny or something that had no mint mark on it, and then was able to put a mint mark on it that would significantly increase its value.  The penny was real and legitimate.  The only thing that wasn’t was just that little mint mark.

Don’t forget to check out our Curt Bench Interviews on Mark Hofmann.  (See Part 1 here.)  Check out our conversation…..


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