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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 21, May 23, 2010, Article 26

CHINESE COUNTERFEIT COIN DIES, MINTING MACHINERY, AND FAKE COINS

Susan Headley also published a compilation of photos from one of the Chinese counterfeit coin factories Harvey Stack mentioned last week. While many of these fakes are easily spotted, some others are scary good. -Editor

Chinese Counterfeit Factory images

"The photos in this gallery were taken inside a Chinese coin counterfeiting operation. This counterfeiting ring is suspected of putting thousands of fake coins onto the world and U.S. coin markets every month. These striking photos first emerged on certain Web-based coin discussion boards in Europe and the Far East. They came to my attention through a numismatic watchdog/satire blog called Biddle's Bank. These are the same coins which are being put into counterfeit PCGS and NGC coin holders, although they are most frequently sold raw (non-slabbed.) "The sheer size, scope, and professionalism of this counterfeiting ring will astonish you. Although the working conditions often appear dirty and the minting equipment is old, this is obviously a well-funded enterprise that is run like a legal business in China. There is no law in China against making these "replicas" as long as they are sold as such."

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Fake Morgan Dollars Made in China

To read the complete article, see: Inside a Chinese Coin Counterfeiting Ring (coins.about.com/od/worldcoins/ig/Chinese-Counterfeiting-Ring/)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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