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The $2 Forgery!

Australian Two Dollar ($2) Coin Forgery, Fake, Counterfeit
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SOMETHING caught my eye whilst glancing at my small change one evening at the end of May this year (2005). My first thoughts were - ah! a possible mint error. I put the coin aside for a time and went about finishing my present task, and then retrieved my trusty 10x magnifying glass.

My expectations at finding a true error (and thus something of additional collectible value) were quickly dashed when I saw the rather crude and blundered object enlarged before my eye.

This is a very dangerous forgery of a normal $2 coin. Dangerous because it is sufficiently close enough to the original to pass as normal, yet very easy to detect when examined with more than a cursory glance (which is about all most of us apply to our change, especially non-collectors).

Why is this coin thought to be a forgery?

To read more, click here to download the whole article as it
appeared in the Australasian Coin and Banknote Magazine. (c.400Kb)


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"Dud dollars" - James Carleton
ABC Radio National, Breakfast, 29 January 2008.

Click here to listen to James Carleton's broadcast of "Dud dollars" on ABC's Radio National.
© Copyright 2008 ABC Radio National, Breakfast, 29 January 2008.
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