If its the same counterfeiting outfit making all these fakes then why would they take a normal looking 6 and 9 from the 1996 fake and change them to a more obvious fake design with no hook on the numbers in the later years?
A member of this site who has MANY more examples than I have has confirmed to me that the SAME reverse die is being used for all 5 dates. The obverse dies have been adjusted to match. The 96 and 02 obv. maple leaf is in the right place but poor, the 4,5 and 6 it is not correctly located and the obv dies are cracking. Images of differing locations is required for better understanding. MM
Do what the UK did with the Pound coin . Withdraw all the current $2.00 coins and replace with a brand New design . When the old pound coin was withdrawn around 10 % were found to be counterfeit . It is easy to pass counterfeit $2.00 coins in Canada because it buys virtually NOTHING by itself . I have to admit that I scarcely even look at my change and I am a coin dealer .
The 2005 I found in Vancouver was from the Montreal 2004-2005 issue, not this series of counterfeits. I have not seen or heard of any of this issue making out out to the West Coast yet, but I have been warning all the merchants and banks that I deal with here about them.