COINage Kids: Can You Spot the Fake?


By Marcy Gibbel

The best way for a young collector to avoid counterfeit, or “fake,” coins is to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible. One of the first steps to developing this knowledge is to read about and study photos of coins.

One coin in each of the groups below is fake. Look at the pictures, read the tips, then determine which coin is fake.

1. 1916-D Mercury Dime – Which example, A or B, is fake?






2. 1885-S Morgan Dollar – After inspecting the high points, which coin, A or B, is the imposter?








3. £2 Coin – Often the smallest design element reveals the true identity of a coin. Which coin, A or B, is fake?








4. 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative – Sharp strike lines and luster contribute to telling the story of a coin, including whether it’s real or fake. Which one, A or B, is fake?






1. a; 2. b; 3. a; 4. b


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