As I’ve already mentioned in another of my posts, there are plenty of iffy coins in our system. Whilst this is clearly a pain in the ass, it is something we just have to live with. However, if you are on the lookout for a particularly rare coin, this is far more of a concern. Being out of pocket because of a dodgy two pound may sting a bit…. but being duped into buying a fake Kew Gardens is going to sting a whole lot more.
I have grouped together some of the prime suspects when it comes to rare coins which are frequently copied. I have also created my own ‘Fake Factor’ grading system (clever eh?) to illustrate which of these are the most difficult to spot and also where the most caution should be used. The Fake Factor score (out of 10) for each coin is determined by applying two key elements -
- How commonly a particular coin is copied and how likely you are to come across one
- The quality of the forgery and how difficult it is to spot a duffer
EEC Presidency 50p
Fake Factor – 6
Whilst there seems to be a plentiful supply of fake EEC Presidency fifty pences out there, I have only awarded it a relatively low score. And there is a very good reason for this. Forgeries of this coin are so laughably bad that the chances of you finding yourself inadvertently lumbered with one are actually quite remote. Google some images of each and you will soon understand!
Kew Gardens 50p
Fake Factor 8
If you are after a Kew Gardens fifty pence, there is a very real risk of getting screwed over in a deal….. unless you have done your homework. It’s true, there really are thousands of fake Kews on the internet but these are also dead easy to spot as long as you know what you’re looking for. I purposely wrote a guide on this subject to make everyone savvy with tell-tale signs (I’m good like that) and it can be found HERE.
Fake Factor – 6
Again, copies of this particular coin are so obvious it has only attained a low score. There do seem to be a few duffers on the loose but not quite on the same scale as dodgy Kews. The usual things apply with this one – an ill-defined effigy, a lack of detail….. Not at all difficult to identify a suspicious one.
Aquatics 50p (First Design)
Fake Factor – 10
Now, this one is a very big concern. For two reasons…..
To begin with, this coin changes hands for A LOT of money. In fact, you will be lucky to pick one up for less than a grand.
The second reason is that a few of the fakes are actually very good. They have a high level of detail and you will need to be really on the ball to spot one. Remember to check the weight. Some forged Aquatics I have seen look perfect….. until you put them on the scales. It should weigh 8g. Accept nothing less (or more).
Take care, high risk!
Fake Factor - ?
I am not going to blag my way through this bit. Instead I am going to be completely honest with you. I know for a fact that there are fake Jemima Puddleduck fifty pences in our system and there are apparently thousands of them. What I don’t know at the time of writing is how convincing they are. Watch this space; I shall be updating you as soon as I have learnt more ;)
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