Here are 3 fakes which I acquired recently. As is always the case I was skeptical of "stock pictures" etc so I purchased numerous examples of each. Upon receiving them I was shocked at the quality of the Reverses of all three. The legends are not bad. That said there are issues with the design elements when in hand. However they are good enough to cause issue when small "phone" images are used when on sites like Kijiji etc. Thank goodness the obverses are easily distinguished as counterfeits.
Obvious pitting from casting the coins. Obvious plating from the colour alone. The designs look reworked and touched up, especially the smile on the lady. One glaring omission in most of these coins is that they were not minted in a press so there will be no cartwheel lustre on them. The fields are dull and obviously cast. Thanks for posting these! An interesting thing that they did in the 1st coin is the way the lip (edge of the coin) curls upward in some gold coins. They left that detail to try to pass it off as minted/pressed. Can we see the rims/edges?
Coin-Flipper I think you miss the point. The important fact and reasoning for buying a few of these is education and making people aware of the availability of each and every counterfeit that may and will appear in the market place. Using stock images shows nothing. mcshilling here is a genuine obv. Image courtesy Heritage Auctions.
nickelsguy your right I apologize I did not know the intention of buying. I honestly thank you and other members for taking your time in this hobby to educate us because they could be costly mistakes in purchasing.
Morning Alan. Yes, they are crude. As all the Chinese "replica" coins are. But our hobby has been decimated by CRUDE fakes in the last 15 years. Laser cut dies as a rule are too expensive to make for Canadian coins. I have seen 3 and 3 only. The 1921 5 cents and 1948 dollar counterfeits made in the mid east circa 1968ish are by far the best. A true artisan made that set.
Such pieces do not challenge a well educated collector or dealer, but that's not who they are aimed at.
Those who see a potential super bargain see the hype, not the coin and often never find out they have been taken. Or they attempt to sell the pieces for a profit (less likely) and discover they are worthless.