Precious metals investors need to use caution to avoid falling victim to the predatory tactics of counterfeiters.
The best way to start is to reach out to reputable coin dealers and comparison shop when seeking to buy or sell precious metals. The following tips provided by seasoned coin dealers should give you some guidance about the best precious metals values currently available and how to steer clear of deceitful deal makers.
Growing Problem of Counterfeit Coins and Ingots
Investors should beware of the ???small but growing problem??? of counterfeit silver coins and ingots, said Patrick Heller, communications officer at Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, Michigan.
???The risk of counterfeits is another reason to consider acquiring U.S. 90 percent silver coins as the best form of silver,??? Heller said. ???Counterfeiters could try to make fakes of these, but it would be far more profitable to them to make fakes of bars and modern issues such as U.S. Silver Eagle Dollars. As a consequence, there are almost no fakes of bulk U.S. 90 percent silver coins.???
Heller warned that gold ingots larger than 1 troy ounce in size are especially susceptible to counterfeiting.
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