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Counterfeit 1 Oz. Gold Ebay Bar

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 Posted 12/06/2021  2:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hobbyguy77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just stumbled upon one of these on ebay for the first time - thanks for having this info up here. It seems they've fixed the formatting issue with the bar weight going out of bounds of the specs box, although the "Gold Content - 1" does have the "1" not 100% aligned on the one I found:


One more thing to pay attention to on these is the font on the bar itself, which is best seen in the letter "M" of the word "Mint". A fake will have a "boxier" M, with "flat peaks", whereas a real one will have "sharp peaks":

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Seems to be the same counterfeit factory that created the fake Perth Mint bars in black assay cards (gen 3), because those bars use that same font. See FakeBullion's page on " Perth Mint 1 OUNCE GOLD BAR IN BLACK ASSAY CARD (GEN 3)" to see what I mean.
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12/06/2021 2:27 pm
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 Posted 12/06/2021  2:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JimmyD to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are numerous differences on both sides of the bar as well as the holder but you only need to know a couple.
That is what we call the "Straight Sided M" when reporting counterfeits .
Notice how there is no slope on the sides.
Also what you are referring to as peaks are called serifs.
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 Posted 12/07/2021  08:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add livingwater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I buy coins/bullion on eBay, no problem, but mostly from established businesses like Bullion Exchanges, Liberty Coins, APMEX, etc. and trusted smaller stores I know are legit.
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 Posted 12/13/2021  2:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hobbyguy77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok, will try to remember that terminology - thanks JimmyD! And thank you for the welcome as well jbuck!
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