(Consumer Awareness Resources)
The ANA's C.A.R.E. program was established to help make the industry safe for collectors and investors. We achieve this goal by arming both members and non-members with knowledge through our many educational resources, fraud alerts and awareness outreach projects and by serving as an advocate to the public through our loss alert/reward program, mediation services and partnerships with local, national and federal law enforcement agencies.
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Current Feature - Counterfeit Detection Articles
New counterfeit operations have sprung up across the world, particularly in China, where relaxed laws protect these operations from liability. The counterfeiters use clever production methods and cutting-edge die-making technology, creating forgeries that are difficult for most collectors to detect. A wide variety of counterfeit objects are being produced, including U.S. and world coins, paper money, errors, and even slabs. With the assistance of unprincipled dealers and investors, this new material is flooding the market at an astonishing rate, compromising the investments of collectors and the integrity of honest dealers.
Below are some links that look at counterfeiting in greater detail, including an eye-opening article in Coin World exploring how new counterfeit material is produced and finds its way into the United States market. In addition, the ANA will be developing a comprehensive online resource guide, a counterfeit detection course held at Summer Seminar and conventions, and an exhibit exploring modern counterfeiting.
An educated numismatic community is the best defense against this widespread problem; we encourage everyone who loves the hobby to take the time to increase their awareness.
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