There are special equipments and machines that are used to stamp coins and help in making them genuine. Those people that are involved in counterfeiting coins are very well trained and have skills that have been developed to manipulate the duplication of these coins. The most common technique that is used by these people is pouring a metal in a liquid state into moulds that leaves die marks on the coins.
If you are not an expert in detecting counterfeit coins, there are many things that you can consider to assess whether a specific coin is genuine or not. Here is a comprehensive overview of the characteristics that are common to counterfeit coins:
A coin that has a re-strike can be considered as being authentic. These coins have dates that are earlier than the coins that were originally issued and possess the identical features of the original coins.
Coins that belong to a certain country in the earlier times are generally recreated by some other country. Although one could mistake this as being forgery, it is not the case as they have been legally permitted by the country that created the coin first.
Forgery is also linked to earning illegal profit. In most cases, this is the primary aim of the counterfeiting organization. Sometimes, the government may resort to forgery owing to the political propaganda. For instance, in the II World War, Germany produced millions and millions of British and American notes with the sole agenda of earning a profit and destabilizing the economic situation of the nation’s enemies.
Another category of counterfeiting is replica coins. As the word implies, replica means the markings, patterns and features of the original coins have been copied. In the conventional type of counterfeiting, coins have noticeable discrepancies that are visible to the expert’s eye. In some cases, ‘copy’ is intentionally printed across or on the side of the copied coin. These replicas are mostly used to be displayed in museums or for educational uses.
There is a Lebanese connection that is supposedly very active in producing counterfeit coins. The main use of the counterfeited coins was to scam coin collectors, museums, influential business honchos and other nations that in pursuit of coins that belonged to their history.
Hence, it is imperative that one seeks the consultation and advice of an expert who can assess the authenticity of coins. This way, you will never be misled to believe that a coin is genuine- when actually it is not.