Almost 20,000 false coins found

29th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 October 2007, BRUSSELS – 18,203 false euro coins have turned up in Belgium since the beginning of this year. That is a record high number, Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

29 October 2007

BRUSSELS – 18,203 false euro coins have turned up in Belgium since the beginning of this year. That is a record high number, Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

The Royal Mint, which receives the false coins from police and money transport companies, says most of the forged coins are copies of the 2 euro coin. While only one counterfeit coin was discovered in 2002, it is expected that about 20,000 will turn up this year. 14,676 counterfeit 2 euro coins have already been found this year.

Most of the coins are produced in Turkey and Italy. They can be recognised by difference in colour from genuine coins. They are also sometimes thinner and the edges may look different. Just one in 8,000 2 euro coins in circulation is a counterfeit.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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