How to Spot £1 Counterfeit Coins

April 22, 2013 in British Coins, Coins, Counterfeit, English Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

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The Royal Mint takes counterfeiting and fraud extremely seriously. To help identify genuine £1 coins we have prepared an easy-to-use guide and poster for you to download.

The Royal Mint regularly conducts surveys to estimate the level of counterfeit £1 coins in the UK. A survey undertaken in November 2012 found that the rate of counterfeit UK £1 coins in circulation at the time had reduced to 2.74% from 3.09% (as concluded previously in a survey undertaken in November 2011).

Provisions for various offences connected with the counterfeiting of coins are included in the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. Enforcement of these provisions is entirely a matter for law enforcement agencies, such as the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

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