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Fake Checks

Watch out for -

121071432014 original Cefn Coed square check, quite common, but has been altered with the addition of the top two rows of stamping to make it look rarer

121071437288 Sengewydd. A stamped common check, with the original number left on, the rest filled and filed. Then the circles of stamping added to make a "rare" check, but is a total Fake.

121071455736 Aberaman. Altered as above.

121071465311 Abercwmbol. Altered as above.

121071471241 River Level. Altered as above.

All unmitigated fakes. However new collectors or Family keepsake buyers have bids on them. Please all genuine collectors spread the word about these.

The Faker is getting very good at these now and they look credible checks. He obviously has bought the correct jigs, stamps and dies to produce these, as well as getting better at making embossing dies.

I don't think all our members and genuine collectors realise what damage this man is doing to our hobby. He has, AND IS, producing scores of these fakes, which once into circulation, will stop there for years to come and pollute/devalue our hobby

Re: Fake Checks

Dear members & collectors

I am posting this message on behalf of Dominic Jones, a Compliance Officer (Trading Standards) representing Telford & Wrekin Council.

Dominic has been approached by several colliery check collectors over the last year regarding the current spate of fantasy and fake tokens are continuing to be entering the market via Ebay. A large file of case intelligence has been built up on this issue. In order to take things further I have been asked to publicise a request for those who have purchased such fake tokens from Ebay to register the fact with Dominic and to offer to provide their tokens as evidence which one or more expert witness in the field of mining paranumismatics can later pass un-biased judgement on, with regards to their authenticity, in a court of law. Furthermore Dominic would like to hear from any suitably qualified and experienced collectors (NMMA members or otherwise) who are willing to provide their services as expert witnesses.

I understand that Dominic is working with other trading Standards authorities around the UK on the above issue and appears to be taking the lead and acting as a central hub for all intelligence as case evidence is further compiled pending further action.

If you can assist on either of the above requests please contact;

Dominic Jones
Compliance Officer (Trading Standards)
Public Protection
Telford & Wrekin Council
Darby House
01952 381989

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