Authorities are warning coin collectors to be on the lookout for them.
Counterfeit Morgan silver dollars minted in China like these have reportedly shown up in Washington state. (Photo by Peninsula Daily News)
PORT ANGELES, Wash. - Counterfeit coins by the thousands are turning up in Washington state, and authorities are warning coin collectors to be on the lookout for them.
All or most of the counterfeits appear to be from China.
"Stacks of ingots, bars, all kinds of stuff - they make everything from pennies all the way up to silver dollars," says Port Angeles police officer Duane Benedict. "China is making these things by the thousands."
Several of the fake coins were recently sold to a Port Angeles business, EZ Pawn, for $400. They would have been worth more than $1,500 had they been real, Benedict said.
Officer Benedict got a call from EZ Pawn.