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Spanish Police Arrest Alleged Forgers of €2 Euro Coins

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….
 

Spanish counterfeit two-euro coins
Up to 12,000 fake €2 euro coins were seized in raids yesterday in Madrid, Spain. Photo by Policia Nacional.

Police in Madrid, Spain arrested three individuals yesterday on charges of counterfeiting up to 12,000 €2 euro coins over a period of five years.

The three appeared to be running the counterfeiting operation out of their houses, using equipment readily-available at the average home improvement store. During the arrests, officers found a total of almost 8,000 counterfeits at the three houses, along with 400 coins in varying stages of production.

The trio are no strangers to counterfeiting charges. All three have been arrested and convicted before, in connection to the forgery of 500-peseta coins before Spain switched to the euro in 2002.

The investigation innto the counterfeit €2 euro coins was a collaboration between the Madrid Transport Police and the Bank of Spain General Judicial Police.

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Sources

http://www.thelocal.es/20141230/police-bust-spanish-coin-forgers

http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/12/30/inenglish/1419944629_289249.html

http://www.interior.gob.es/en/web/interior/noticias/detalle/-/journal_content/56_INSTANCE_1YSSI3xiWuPH/10180/3071951/

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Hubert Walker
Hubert Walker
Hubert Walker has served as the Assistant Editor of CoinWeek.com since 2015. Along with co-author Charles Morgan, he has written for CoinWeek since 2012, as well as the monthly column "Market Whimsy" for The Numismatist and the book 100 Greatest Modern World Coins (2020) for Whitman Publishing.

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