Coin Curiosity

Exploring Old and New Coins of the British Commonwealth

As time goes on counterfeiters get better at making fakes. Lower-quality fakes are often easy to detect when compared with a known good coin or a good image of a known good coin but high-quality fakes are now a real concern. This page will attempt to list the diagnostics for high-quality fakes but cannot and will not be comprehensive.


1911 Shilling

1914 Shilling

1915 Shilling

1925 Shilling

Scrape below first downstroke of N in IND and behind the King's shoulder on the obverse, rim cud above N on IND on obverse.

Great Britain

1905 Half crown

Slightly bent I in QUI on the reverse.