What Is a Copied Coin?


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Copy coins are reproductions of genuine coins issued by the government. These coins are not legal tender. Furthermore, they are not as valuable as original coins as they are usually metal-plated, while original bullion is purely gold or silver.

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The Hobby Protection Act mandates that all replicated U.S. coins be inscribed with the word "copy" so that they may easily be distinguished from genuine coins. However, replica coins manufactured in other companies may not possess this engraving.

Genuine coins mention the denomination at the bottom of the coin, while replicas usually feature product descriptions instead. Replica coins are often manufactured in different sizes or weights than the originals to avoid the risk of violating counterfeiting laws.

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