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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.

External Resources

Coin World Articles
US Mint Consumer Awareness
Compilation of Articles on Conterfeiting (Robert Matthews)

Articles from The Numismatist

Read Brian Silliman's column every month in the members only magazine, The Numismatist.

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Scams and Swindles - An Educational Guide to Avoiding Investment Fraud

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Tips on Identifying Genuine U.S. Coins

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Redeeming Multilated Coins (PDF)

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Fake 1934 100,000 Dollar Treasury Notes

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