2016 Australian Monkey 1 Ounce Silver Coin

Notable Differences

  1. The background is frosted on the genuine coin but proof-like on the counterfeit coin.
  2. The monkeys and the queen's portrait are proof-like on the genuine but matte finished on the counterfeit.
  3. The counterfeit coin is marked "ONE OUNCE" where the genuine coin is marked "1 DOLLAR"

Discussion & Detection

This fake has numerous visual errors that make it easy to identify, including reversed matte/proof finishes, incorrect monetary marking, and being 5 mm smaller than the genuine coin.  Our sample was also under weight.

Additional Info

  • Brand: Perth Mint
  • Metal: Silver
  • Shape: Round
  • Nominal Weight: 1 Troy Ounce
  • Year: 2016
  • Denomination: $1
  • Genuine Weight (g): 31.25
  • Counterfeit Weight (g): 29.29
  • Genuine Diameter (mm): 45.02
  • Counterfeit Diameter (mm): 39.96
  • Genuine Thickness (mm): 2.44
  • Counterfeit Thickness (mm): 3.29
  • Genuine Edge Type: Reeded
  • Counterfeit Edge Type: Reeded
  • Genuine Material: 999 Silver
  • Counterfeit Material: Silver Plated, Brass Core

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