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 Posted 02/26/2012  8:18 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add andreus7422 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Now I want to know how the foremost coin experts in the world learn how to detect counterfits. Also how can I learn to do this.
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 Posted 02/26/2012  8:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It has been said so often that it probably qualifies as an urban legend: when Secret Service agents learn how to detect counterfeit banknotes, they don't spend months studying lots and lots of counterfeits to learn what counterfeits look like. They spend months studying real money, learning all the nuances that make real money look real. That way, if a counterfeit comes along that lacks those subtle characteristics, they instinctively know there's something wrong with it, even though they may not be able to point the finger at exactly what is wrong with it without careful analysis.

It is, perhaps, an oversimplification - you do need some experience with known categories of counterfeits to help ID them faster. But "experience" is what it all boils down to, experience in handling lots of genuine coins or notes as well as basic knowledge of counterfeiting techniques.
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 Posted 02/26/2012  9:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dsmith23 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Easy ways to know for now are weight, and if the coin is magnetic. Those two will drastically help determine if a coin is counterfeit or not.
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 Posted 02/26/2012  9:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bryan1315 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
just as Sap said, if you look at enough of the real things you can spot differences that doesn't look right on the counterfeit coins. At first you may not know what doesn't look right, just that something doesn't quite look like it should. It is when you compare the counterfeit to a real coin is when you start to identify the areas that are not quite right. It is pretty much like everything else is within this hobby, there is no substitute or short cuts for experience
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 Posted 02/26/2012  9:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Buddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Check your local library for some books on the subject. But I agree with what has already been posted.

I've been trying to learn this myself and I find that I tend to search for a tiny detail that is wrong while the experts seem to be able to just see it right away. They are looking at the whole coin at once and they can spot the fakes because they really know how it should look, while I am still not certain....but I'm learning.
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