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Friday, 21 January 2005

EUROPEANS TO CRACK DOWN ON COIN FRAUDSTERS


Today's issue of the Official Journal of the European Union contains the full text of the Commission Decision of 29 October 2004 establishing the European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC) and providing for coordination of technical actions to protect euro coins against counterfeiting (2005/37/EC).

Euros: the Romans came pretty close to creating a single European currency -- but look what happened to them!
The IPKat is delighted to see this initiative, which is specifically designed to protect the integrity of his coin collection. Merpel is still wondering why people would ever bother making counterfeit coins when the profit margin on counterfeit notes is so much higher.

More on fake Euro coins here
Numismatism here and here

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