The number of fake pound coins has been increasing dramatically in recent years, but the number of fake coins actually being spotted has dropped in the last year as forgers have become better at producing realistic looking replicas.
There are numerous ways to tell if a coin is fake
International Currency Exchange CEO Koko Sarkari says: “Any level of counterfeiting is a matter of concern. Here at ICE we? take this? very seriously and ?urge consumers to remain vigilant at all times.
“There are numerous ways to tell if a coin is fake. Some caution, observation, and a bit of common sense will allow you to pick out most of the copycat coins. Additionally, our global network of bureaus all have counterfeit detection equipment to help customers spot fake currency.”
A counterfeit coin may:
- Have poorly defined edges, or a lack of definition in the image
- Use lettering that’s uneven in depth, spacing or formation
- Be thinner than a genuine coin
- Be a slightly different colour
Fake £1 coins tend to work on a 50 per cent success rate in vending machines and automated tills. If the date implies long circulation time, fakes appear shinier and more golden – as if they are close to new.
Real coins should:
- Have a reverse design that matches the date - designs change every year
- Show the Queen’s head and the reverse image the same way up when the coin is spun on the vertical axis.
What should I do with a fake coin?
Counterfeit coins are worthless and any fakes should be handed in to the police so they can track counterfeiters. Unfortunately you will not receive a real coin in return, nor can you swap them at the bank.
It is a criminal offence to 'knowingly' pass on counterfeit coins and you should not attempt to spent it. Our advice is to remain vigilant at all times and always check your change, so you don't end up without any change in your pocket
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