These pictures of real and counterfeit Israeli 10-Shekel coins were taken by Meir Sapir in 2003. Many counterfeit coins are still in circulation.
Can you tell which ones are fake?
Image source: WBCC
Answer: The coins on the left are counterfeit. They weigh less (@morgetz said on Twitter that they feel like plastic), and the outer grooves and images are less pronounced. Sometimes the outer and inner rings are misaligned. But the most obvious difference is the text on the front of the coins: The first line of Hebrew text is shorter: It reads shekel instead of shekalim chadashim.
This doesn’t appear to be the case for all of fake coins, as seen in this photo by Jack Hepler:
Image Source: WBCC
More detailed information and telltale signs from Meir Sapir can be found in this newsletter article by Meir Sapir.
Thanks to Joy and Dena from the Survival During Hard Times mailing list for the information.
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