Malaysia Third Series (M3S) 2012 20 Cents Counterfeit Coin.
It was published in Malaysia Guan Ming Daily today, a counterfeit Malaysia newly released third series 20 cents coin was found in Perai, Penang.
Miss Tan found this new series of 20 cents counterfeits coin. "the surface of the coin is very rough, design elements were very poor,colour of the coin was rather dulled." she said.
She claimed that the golden colour coating on the counterfeit coin can be easily scraped with finger nails.
|Left : Counterfeits Right: Original Coin.|
I personally doubtful on the claims, because by logic, in terms of profit return it is more economical and profitable to produce a counterfeit new coin with 50 Cents denomination then the 20 Cents.
If these counterfeiters/caveat emptors produce 20 Cents counterfeit coins, it has to produce a lot of coins in order to have enough of profit to share among them. Their cost of production has to be very low so that they can have a good margin as incentive to pay the runners to do marketing!
Likely, this is a piece of original 20 Cents coin, it was placed in a very corrosive environment,thus caused the damage to the nickel brass coating of the coin.
Best way to check its authenticity is by weight, anything different from the original weight of 4.18gm is questionable!