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How to detect forgeries

Part 3: Electrotypes
The last two parts on news from the forgery front have dealt with fakes that have been produced by newly cut dies and with cast fakes. This part is dedicated to a third kind of fakes: the electrotypes.
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How to detect forgeries

Part 1: Counterfeits from newly cut dies

Each collector of coins who doesn’t buy exclusively at coin dealers who guarantee for the authenticity of their sold coins (like for example all members of the IAPN do) has to be concerned about buying fakes. Especially the... more ]

How to detect forgeries

Part 2: Cast counterfeits

After having shown how to detect counterfeits from newly cut dies we will deal with those fakes that have been cast. Once again, we see here an old imitation of a Roman coin that was made during the Renaissance period. It is a free imitation of ... more ]

How to detect forgeries

Part 4: Transfer die forgeries

Fakes coming from transfer dies are so dangerous, because these fakes have neither the characteristics of casts nor the characteristics of coins that have been struck with newly cut dies. You neither can... more ]

Creator of the Paduans: Giovanni da Cavino

Giovanni da Cavino was an exceptionally gifted artist and an honoured businessman when he imitated the first Roman coins. As ‘Paduans’, they were destined to achieve world fame later on. He provided the high society with what it looked for and earned good money with it. In those days, nobody would have dreamt co call him a forger... more ]

Let’s be merciful and hang them: The Catherine Heyland case

In March 1788, a police unit of the Westminster community stormed a locked room in London. They had been tipped off that two people committed a crime in that house that was forbidden under penalty of death: false coining... more ]

Learning to identify counterfeit money the easy way

All too often counterfeit money remains unidentified because nobody expects to come across it in the daily routine. Those who use the phony Euro trainer know better what to watch out for – this game was developed by the German police... more ]

Funny Money

The ANS and the United State Secret Service organize an exhibition on the fight against counterfeit money at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York...
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Congress adds Chinese fakes to its Agenda

The Financial Services committee of the Congress has voted for a plan of action featuring all financial issues, which have to be discussed within the next two years. On it we find the combat of numismatic fakes... more ]

Chinese Fakes flood the US

For some time collectors have been informing about Chinese fakes on the market, especially in the Internet. Chinese workshops fake nearly everything. Now a dealer in the State of Washington was fooled... more ]

Law suit in Israel ends with acquittal of defendants

An art collector was accused of leading an international forgery ring backed up by a dealer and researcher according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. But not much of this has remained after a seven years law suit; the judge stated that the question whether the artefacts were fakes or not has yet to be resolved by future research. more ]

Counterfeit euros in steady decrease

The EU Commission reports that in 2011 the number of counterfeit coins has decreased by 15% down to 157,000 coins. The 2-euro denomination remains by far the most counterfeited euro coin. But there is only 1 counterfeit for every 100,000 genuine coins. more ]

Book on Anglo-Saxon counterfeits

The replicas and forgeries of Anglo-Saxon coins have produced a corpus of material almost as extensive as the originals. In this groundbreaking new study Tony Abramson brings together a vast catalogue of Anglo-Saxon counterfeits and copies. more ]

Did you invest in gold or tungsten?

Especially in the United States gold bars filled with tungsten, a less valuable metal of similar weight, have turned up. Selling fake gold bars obviously pays. And no one knows how many of these manipulated bars are circulating. more ]

A Coin-Collecting American Boy in 1960s Rome

Robert W. Wallace, one of our steady readers and Professor of Classics at Northwestern University (USA) shares with us his memories of how he collected coins during his Rome stay in the 1960s. And about how differently coin collecting was considered at that epoch. more ]

Cunobelin counterfeits

Chris Rudd’s Elizabeth Cottam, expert on Celtic coins, explains how to recognise counterfeits of coins of the Celtic king Cunobelin since the number of those apparently has significantly increased recently. more ]

Increasing Euro coin counterfeiting in 2012

The number of counterfeit euro coins removed from circulation increased by 17% from 157,000 in 2011 to 184,000 in 2012. The 2-euro denomination remains by far the most affected by this criminal activity. more ]

Number of counterfeit euro banknotes remains low

In the second half of 2013 a total of 353,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were withdrawn from circulation. The number of counterfeits, however, remains very low in comparison with the number of genuine banknotes in circulation during that period (over 15 billion). more ]

Professional Numismatists Guild cautions against gold and silver counterfeits

Professional Numismatists Guild cautions against counterfeit vintage rare coins and fake modern gold and silver bullion items now being offered in the marketplace. more ]

Deception by false British Virgin Islands coins

Medals purporting to be commemorative coins of the British Virgin Islands are on sale via the internet – find here a list of the issues concerned. more ]

ICTA names task force steering committee

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets has named an 11-member Steering Committee and has formed eight Work Groups to begin the work of its Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force. Its mission is to mobilize law enforcement resources to protect the integrity of U.S. and world coinage. more ]

Does the U.S. Mint do enough to fight counterfeiters?

The United States are currently seeing a surge of counterfeit U.S. coins entering the nation. A debate has arisen as to who is responsible for protecting the coinage. The Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force says that the U.S. Mint’s efforts lack commitment. more ]

NGC shows how to detect transfer die forgeries

NGC demonstrates the characteristics that expose a transfer die forgery. The example comes from Bavaria: It’s about a 1825 “Geschichtstaler” of king Louis I. more ]

NGC Helps Collectors and Dealers Identify Top World Counterfeits

To support the fight against coin counterfeits, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has expanded its free catalogue of the 25 world’s most often forged coins. It offers in-depth information on how to spot counterfeited coins. more ]

A look behind the scenes of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

Over the course of more than 30 years since its founding, NGC has by now examined, graded and slabbed more than 40 million coins. Millions of clients rely on the grading service. But what happens behind the scenes? Ursula Kampmann visited the headquarters in Sarasota, Florida. more ]

PCGS Experts Spot Deceptively Altered Colonial Rarity

A drastically but deceptively altered 1792 Washington Eagle ‘cent’ submitted to Professional Coin Grading Service underscores the alarming skills of some so-called ‘coin doctors’ and why it is essential to have rare coins expertly and independently examined. more ]

Fake badge creates trust to impostor

A New Jersey man admitted to impersonating a federal agent with a fake ATF badge while selling counterfeit coins and bars and unlawfully importing counterfeit coins and bars into the United States. ACTF played a key role in the investigation. more ]

American Eagles most counterfeited bullion coins in the USA

A new survey indicates the popular U.S. bullion coins are now the most frequently encountered bullion coin counterfeits in the USA. Therefore members of the buying public should follow a solid advice how they can best protect themselves. more ]

ACTF Special Exhibit of Counterfeits Coins

The ACTF will exhibit a five-case display of counterfeit coins, precious metal bars, and grading holders during the ANA World’s Money Fair in Philadelphia. The items were confiscated during a recent investigation and aim to illustrate levels of deceptiveness. more ]

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