Counterfeit coin expert to share authentication tricks in Toronto

October 6, 2013 in Canadian Coins, Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Royal Canadian Mint, World Coins

That shiny collectible coin may be worth hundreds of dollars, or it may be a worthless fake, says one Ontario collector.

By:  Staff Reporter ( Oct 04 2013

Hundreds of brightly coloured collectible coins and heavy pieces of bullion shine brightly beneath protective casings in Mike Marshall’s Trenton home.

While collectible coins can fetch thousands of dollars from hungry collectors, many pieces in Marshall’s collection are essentially worthless.

As a collector, he doesn’t just compile rare pieces of metal produced by the Royal Canadian Mint — he also looks for fakes. Marshall has amassed a giant collection of counterfeit coins and studied them carefully, looking for markings left in a coin by the die.

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