>> THE FAKE COINS OF INDIA

To cheat gullible coin collectors of both India and abroad some unscrupulous persons are in the habit of producing fake coins and advertising about those in various websites,demanding huge amount for each coin. Actually these coins are never minted by any of the Indian mints for circulation. The purpose of this article is to aware my fellow coin collector friends about those fakes, so that they may not be fooled by those idiotic advertisement.



As I am not in possession of any of the fakes, all the pictures presented are collected from internet and I apologize for using those without  the prior permission of the advertisers.



MAHATMA GANDHI 10 RUPEES ISSUE :

Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the nation, was born in 1869 A.D. He led the movement for India’s freedom from British Rule and India got her freedom on the 15th August, 1947. He was assassinated on 30th January, 1948. India observed his birth centenary in the year 1969. To mark this celebration some commemorative coins and Bank notes were issued. A 10 rupees coin was issued in silver alloy on this occasion.


The Original coin issued:
This coin was issued with the metallic composition - Silver Alloy ( Silver-80%+Cupper-20%)



The Fake Issue:
Though no Indian mint issued this coin in copper – Nickel alloy, this fake coin was advertised for sale in a leading web site in Auction format with the caption, “10 Rupees 1869-1948 Copeer+ Nickl Coin Most Rare Very Very Rare” with a starting bid of Rs. 9,870.00. This seller was a new seller with feed back score (0).





Jawaharlal Nehru , Issue:

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime minister of India from 15th August,1947 to 27th May,1964. After his sad death on 27th May 1964, to pay homage to the departed leader, a 50 paise coin was issued on 14th November 1964 in his commemoration.



 The Original coin issued:



The Fake Issue:
No Indian mint issued this coin with a “Gandhi cap” on Nehru’s head. Please see the following fake coin showing a cap on Nehru’s head. This fake coin was advertised in a leading web site for sale.




The Fake coin showing Nehru wearing a cap


25th anniversary of Independence Issue:

India got her freedom in 1947. On the occasion of 25th anniversary of Independence, India issued this 10 rupees coin on 15th August,1972.

The Original coin issued:



The Fake Issue:




75th anniversary of Dandi March Issue:
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Dandi March, India issued a 5 rupees commemorative coin on 2nd October, 2005, for general circulation.

The Original coin issued:

The Fake Issue:

This fantasy coin, was minted with portrait of Ganhiji on one side and replica of ‘Dandi Yatra’ sculpture on the other side. Neither the name of the country of issue nor the value, is shown on this token. This token was placed for auction, in a leading website, and sold for Rs. 250/-. Such coin was never issued by any of the Indian mints.


Indira Gandhi, Issue:
After the sad death of Srimati Indira Gandhi, the former Prime minister of India, 2 circulating coins were issued in the denomination of 50 paisa and 5 rupees. No mint in India issued a coin in the denomination of 1 rupee. See the following fake coins.


The Original coins issued:










The Fake Issues

Indira Gandhi 1 rupee coin with a “C”



Indira Gandhi 1 rupee fake coin with a “Rudrakshya Mala” and with legend “OM RUDRAYA NAMAH”
Another Indira Gandhi front view 1 rupee fake coin with a “Rudrakshya Mala” and with Canada mint mark 'c' and '1917 - 1984'





Another Indira Gandhi 1 rupee fake coin

Recently this fake 5 rupees coin is advertised in a leading website for sale. 


Recently I found this fake coin,  advertised in a leading website for sale.




Indira 50 rupees fake
This fake coin was  advertised in a leading website for sale.



Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, Issue


In 1990, India issued a 1 rupee coin to commemorate the birth centenary of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, the chief artitect in framing the Constitution of India.


The Original coins issued:






The Fake Issues


 


Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, 2 rupee fake coin. His effigy appears to be same as that on the 1 rupee original coin. This coin appears to be a MULE coin with Ambedkar obv and National Integration rev.
Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, 2 rupee fake coin. His effigy doesn’t appear to be same as that on the 1 rupee coin.

Fisheries, Issue
A 50 paisa coin was issued for general circulation in 1986 on the 6th World Food Day.
The Original coins issued:





The Fake Issues





No Government mint in India issued 1 rupee Fisheries coin.



Small family Happy Family Issue


To emphasize the need of Population Control, a 2 rupees coin was issued in the year 1993,with the legend “SMALLFAMILY HAPPY FAMILY”.

The Original coins issued:






The Fake Issues


SUBHAS BOSE, Issue:


In 1997, India issued a 2 rupee coin to commemorate the birth centenary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a great patriot. Though the Kolkata mint wrongly issued this coin in 1996, no 1 rupee coin was issued by any mint.

The Original coins issued:





The Fake Issues








Compare the face & the cap of Netaji on this fake coin with the face & the cap
of Netaji on the original coin. Again mark the spelling of surname on this fake
coin. It is “BOS” not “BOSE”



CHHATRAPATI
SHIVAJI, Issue:

In 1999, India issued a 2 rupee coin to commemorate CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI, a hero and a great King . Though this coin was minted from all 4 mints , no 1 rupee coin was issued by any mint.

The Original coins issued:


The Fake 1 Rupee Issue


SUN WITH LOTUS, 20 PAISA COIN Issue:


On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations, in 1970,
 India issued, two coins in the denomination of 20 paisa and 10 rupees, for general circulation. Again India reissued the same two coins in the year 1971, but this time only as Proof or uncirculated specimens.


The Original 20 paisa coins (issue of 1970 for general circulation)






The Fake Issues

SUN WITH LOTUS, 20 PAISA COIN, 1971







Only proof and uncirculated coins were issued for this year. Does this coin specimen look like a proof or uncirculated coin?




SUN WITH LOTUS, 20 PAISA COIN, 1972




     



No mint in India issued such coins in 1972. Mark the poor quality of this
coin.
Another Sun and Lotus fake coin:


No mint in India issued such coins.


The Fake 25p coin, issue of 1971:


Please note that, no 25 paise coin was minted by any Indian mint in the year 1971. The first 25 p coin, in cupro-nickel, was first minted in the year 1972.

Recently I had the privilege of holding this fake coin in my hand and inspecting it. The mint mark on this coin shows it to be minted at Mumbai mint. The ‘4’ in the date of a 25p coin of 1974 has been tooled, so that it appears to be ‘1’, thus changing the date of issue from ‘1974’ to ‘1971’.

Please mark the differences between the first ‘1’ and the last ‘1’ in the date of this coin. Those two ‘1’s are quite different, telling the story of this forgery.

Note: Many thanks to Mr. Deepak Mody of Cuttack, for giving this coin from his collection for my study.


50 paisa Rhino issue:

The Original 50 paisa coin issued:




50 paisa Ferrite Stainless Steel coins were issued in India in1988. Its obverse had map of India with the Parliament house in front and its reverse
had lion capital and denomination.


The Original 25 paisa coin issued:


 


Again 25 paisa Ferrite Stainless Steel coins were issued in India in1988. Its obverse had an one horned Indian Rhinocerous and its reverse had lion capital and denomination

The Fake Issues


Mark these 3 fake coins. These show rhinoceros picture on one side and
50 paise denomination on the other side.


A 5 Rupees fake coin:
5 rupees regular coins were issued in Copper Nickel  from 1992 to 2004. Please see the picture of an original coin issued from Indian Mints.



The photo of the coin shown below is a fake coin. It was collected by me from circulation.



Mark the differences between the original coin and the fake coin. The Ashokan capitols on the obverse side and the floral design on the reverse side are completely different. See also the photo of the edge of this fake coin.



Two lines are found on the edge of the fake 5 rs coin shown. These two lines are at the two opposite ends on the border. This indicates that it may be a cast coin.

  
The Fake SBI Issue:

To commemorate the Bicentennial Year of the State Bank Of India., India issued a 5 rupees coin in 2006, for general circulation. This coin was issued in Ferrite Stainless Steel. Please see the picture of the original coin issued from Indian Mints.



The photo of the coin shown below is a fake coin.



Please compare this fake coin with the original coin shown above. This fake coin is made most probably from mild steel and a nickel coating has been applied all over it. Mark the poor quality of finish of this fake coin and also the rust deposited on its surface.

Note:  This coin was collected by my friend Mr. Piyush Chandra of New Delhi from circulation, who presented this for my collection.


Another Fake 5 Rupees IT coin in Brass:

In the years 2007 and 2008, 5 rupees regular coins were issued in India in FSS, by Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad mints.

The Original coin issued:
This coin was minted in FSS.


The Fake Issue:
This fake coin was minted in Brass Alloy.



Fake Big One Rupee Issue (1983,84 and 85)
Big 1 rupee coins (weight – 8 gms, dia – 28 mm) were issued in India from 1975 to 1982 in Cupro – Nickel alloy. Please see the picture of a big 1 rupee  coin issued from Indian Mints.

Original Big 1 Rupee coin


1983, Small One Rupee Issue:
From 1983 small 1 rupee coins (weight – 6 gms, dia – 26 mm) were issued in India from 1983 to 1991 in Cupro – Nickel alloy. Please see the picture of a small 1 rupee coin issued from Indian Mints.

Original Small 1 Rupee coin


A fake Big 1 rupee coin of 1985:
No India mint issued big 1 rupee coins in the year 1985. But in some auction sites big 1 rupee coins issued in the year 1985 are being sold. Please see the picture of such a fake 1 rupee coin issued in 1985. This particular coin has a peculiar inverted ‘B’,.as  mint mark,



Another fake Big 1 rupee coin of 1985:
But in some auction sites big 1 rupee coins issued in the year 1985 are being sold. Please see the picture of another fake 1 rupee coin of 1985, which was sold for a huge sum of Rs.11600/-. I feel pity for the fool who purchased this fake coin for such a huge amount.



Fake Big One Rupee Issue (1970 to 74)
Big 1 rupee coins (weight – 10 gms, dia – 28 mm) were issued in India   in Pure Nickel  in 1962 and 1970 for general circulation and from 1971 to 1974 for inclusion in Proof sets. As the 1 rupee coins of 1970 to 1074 have become very scarce, fake coins for these years are being sold to gullible collectors. 

A fake Big 1 rupee coin of 1970:

Fake 1 rupee, 1970
A new die was prepared to produce this fake coin. Please mark the poor quality of engraving found on the border design.

Another fake Big 1 rupee coin of 1970:



Please mark the above 1 rupee, 1970 fake coin. This coin is actually a cupro-nickel coin of 1976 of Mumbai mint. The last digit '6' of 1976 is tooled, so that it appears to be a zero. But this zero is smaller in size and appears towards the bottom of the line.


Please see the fake coin shown above. Here a cupro-nickel coin of 1979 of Mumbai mint is used. The last digit '9' of 1979 is tooled, so that it appears to be a zero. But this zero is smaller in size and appears towards the top of the line. 

Similarly other fake coins of 1971 to 1974 are also offered for sale.

A simple process to test the above Fakes:
All the rupee coins minted in 1970 to 1974 are pure nickel coins weighing 10 grammes. As nickel is magnetic, you can test the coin with a magnet. If the coin being tested is attracted by a magnet, it may be a nickel coin. Iron is also magnetic but if the coin being tested is made of iron, it may show signs of rusting, Please also weigh the suspected coin. It must be 10 gms. But if is tooled from a 1976 or 1979, cupro-nickel, 1 rupee coin, it will neither be attracted by magnets nor weigh 10 gms.

Fake 10 rupees Bi- metallic IT coin:
Bi- metallic IT coins were issued in India, in the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, from Noida mint only. No other Indian mint minted these coins. 


A fake bi-metallic coin:

Fake Bi-metallic
Mark the poor quality of minting of this fake coin. The lions appear starved for days, the legend 'Satyameva Jayate' in Hindi, though actually 2 separate words, found written continuously like one word. Though Hyderabad mint did not mint any of the bi-metallics, a star mint mark appears under the date.

AN ALTERED 10 RS BI-METAL COIN:
All Bi-metal coins minted by Indian mints have a central circular piece of cupro-nickel alloy and an outer ring of Al-bronze alloy. Some notorious people have separated both the pieces by some mechanical process and sell both the separated pieces as error coins. The photos of such separated pieces are shown below.

10 rs - 2008 - obverse

10 rs - 2008 - reverse

10 rs - 2006 - center piece separated
(Photo Courtsey- Mr. Tejas H Shah, Mumbai)


A FAKE 1 PICE HORSE COIN :

In the year 1950, after India became a Republic, some coins were issued, showing Indian themes, popularly called as Anna series coins. At that time: 1 Rupee = 16 Annas, 1 Anna = 4 pice. Hence 1 Rupee = 64 pice. The 1 Pice coin showing  the picture of a Running Horse was issued from Indian mints in the years 1950 to1955. From 1957 the Anna series coins were discontinued and India issued decimal coins, in which 1 Rupee = 100 Naye Paise.
The fake 1 pice coin minted:


Though the last genuine 1 pice coin was issued in 1955, this fake coin shows its year of issue as 1957.

Acknowledgement: Thanks to Mr. Tejas Shah , Mumbai for providing photo of this fake coin.


A Fake Quarter Rupee:
No such coin was ever issued in India.




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Note: I have only shown those fake coins on this page, about which, I have gathered some informations. My readers are requested not to think, that those coins, not displayed on this page, are 100%  genuine.
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THEY ATTEMPTED TO CHEAT AND WERE SUCCESSFUL
Almost all human being always try to earn money. Some earn it by rendering physical labor, some by doing some business and some by doing other jobs. But there are some persons, who try to make money by cheating others. Here I will show, how some persons made some money by cheating others.

These cheats tried to change the shape and size of some existing low value circulating coins to the shape and size of some other high value circulating coins by grinding them on some rough stone surface and succeeded to circulate these home made fraud coins as high value circulating coins.

The story of their success may be like this. They may have kept these home made fraud coins in a pile of original coins and went to purchase some article from a shop, owned by an aged shopkeeper with a poor vision. They might have chosen the evening hours, as there would low visibility in a rural shop where the shopkeeper uses a kerosene lamp for lighting purposes and the shops would have been crowded at that time. After their purchase was over and the cash was handed over and the shop keeper counted and kept the cash in his cash box, their mission of cheating would have been successful.

A 5 Naye paise Cupro-Nickel coin changed to the shape of a 25 paise coin:




(Resulted in a gain of 20 paisa)









A 10 paise Aluminum coin changed to the shape of a 50 paise Cupro-Nickel coin:


(Resulted in a gain of 40 paisa)









A 10 paise Aluminum coin changed to the shape of a 20 paise Aluminum coin:

 I have





Resulted in a gain of 10 paisa










A Half Anna George VI Cupro Nickel Coin Changed to the shape of a George VI Quarter Rupee coin:

Resulted in a gain of 3.5 Annas.(Approximately 20 paisa)


A recent incident:
I have also heard that a few days back, some children have joined two steel 50 paisa coins with some gum and handed over the same to a shopkeeper as a 5 rupee steel coin and purchased chocolates from him. But sorry, I was unable to collect the specimen, hence unable to show any photographs.


An Unusual Coin


The coin: 
Obverse
Reverse
Edge



 About this coin:

I have this coin in my collection from my school days (1960-64. The obverse and the reverse of this coin is identical to George VI, Half Rupee Nickel Coin, of 1947. The last digit of the year of manufacture is faded. Its reverse side shows a diamond mint mark indicating that it was from Bombay mint. The worn-out condition of the coin indicates its wide circulation and use. The edge of this coin appears to be milled. But this coin is of BRASS alloy. But I am unable to find out about this in any coin .catalog

Hence I am in doubt whether this coin was a genuine issue or Off metal strike or a forged one.

Can any coin collector friend help me in clarifying my doubts?

32 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for creating such page . It does a great benefit to me .

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    1. Jamal Bhar-er KOBITA, very glad to see ur appreciatio. U r most welcome.

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  2. thanks friend,u opened up my mind.i have a 1971 25 paise coin that i am going to throw away

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  3. U r most welcome Manjoy. I'm glad that u enjoyed my blog.

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  4. Thank sir for this valuabl information. But why people are more demanding these fake coin and offering huge amt on website?

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    1. U r most welcome Amit. People are more demanding for these fake coins due to their ignorance and dealers r taking the advantage of their ignorance by advertising to sell these fakes at huge amounts.

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  5. Hi! thanks for this information. I am a coin collector in Great Britain and I have a lot of Indian coins, especially from the old days.
    I have 30 different 2 annas, 1/4 annas and 1/4, 1/2 and 1 rupee coins struck in proof like finish in ALUMINIUM!
    I think dies were made from high quality, genuine coins, then these were struck from the dies. I have never seen any information
    about genuine Indian mints striking these coins so I guess they are FAKE.
    Have you heard about them, at all??
    My e mail is: agreen100@talktalk.net

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  6. nice information.thnak sir.

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  7. About 1947 George VI coins. There are only issue of nickle coins at that time. I have cupro-Nickle coin of same kind, indian tiger on reverse, confuse about this coin.

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  8. hi can u send me more detail on my email id bcos i have also few coins, and i am not abale to understand how i can differenciate....my email id is pawanmah@gmail.com

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  9. I saw in Ebay a 5 Paise "ERROR" coin having clearly separated doubling of letters in INDIA and BHARAT. But no doubling or blurring of the lion emblem. If there a second strike with the die rotated; how can lion emblem have only single strike?

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  10. Hi,Can you please give details to recognise fake britsh-india 1 pice coins 1943 to 1947 in bronze/copper.I have some coins which looked like fake but due to insufficient knowledge,i was unable to recognise.Kindly advise.

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  11. nice information...
    actually I have one 1/4 coin and i bought it in one coins exhibition.
    now i realized it is fake coin.

    But one thing i have doubt you such a great info like some x coin is minted only during this period.what is the source of your info regarding that.If you can share it will b greatful.

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    1. shravankumar, all the info presented on this page r collected from net. I do not have most of these fakes in my collection. Many thanks for asking.

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  12. Dear sir,thanks for giving information about fake coinage.I am a new collecter of coins and it will be very use full to me in future.

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    1. U r most welcome sir, Mr. Vasudeo Mhaskar.

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  13. Thanks for creating his blog with such really useful information. I am sure you would have done lots of research, study and got to these conclusions. Wish you good luck and thanks again.

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  14. I AM KALYANKUMAR FROM COIMBATORE,HAVING A 5 RUPEES COIN OF YEAR 2010 CALCUTTA MINT (WAVES COIN) I GOT IT FROM NEAR BY GROCERY SHOP (CIRCULATION). THE RIM IS NOT SECURED.DEFENATELY IT SHOULD BE A FAKE COIN. DO YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS?

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    1. KalyanKumar ji, hearing for the first time about 2010 Waves issue of kolkata. I've collected many fake waves coins, showing the date of issue to be 2007 and 2008. Heard from friends from Delhi, that fakers r selling those fake coins to grocers @2.5 rs a piece, but not in singles, but in bags. But ur coin is a new one to me. Request u to send a good photograph of ur coin along ith its weight ( u can weight at any gold smith's shop), its reaction to magnets etc to my mail box, so that I can add it to this blog with due acknowledgement to u. Thank u friend.

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  15. great deal of info given by you sir. I really liked it.

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  16. Soumya, I'm glad to know that u liked the info given by me.

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  18. First, let me thank Biswajit (my friend) for introducing me to the informative blog. :-)... Thank you sir for sharing valuable information and creating awareness on numismatics :-)

    I bookmarked the blog and keen to go through the info you have shared...

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  19. Thanks for such information .
    J.Bhar/Kolkata

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  20. Thank you sir it was an excellent extensive research

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  21. Is there a Rs 5 Unity in Diversity minted in 2007?

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    1. Yes, it was minted from Kolkata.

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  22. Thank you sir for your valuable information. If it was not YOU, I would have almost bought some of these coins in ebay..

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