Ontario Provincial Police are warning people to check their pocket money for fake toonies adorned with a strange-looking galleon figure and inscribed with a bizarre typo.
According to OPP, someone went to a Regent Street store in Hawkesbury, Ont. Tuesday, January 11 and used fake toonies.
Police were alerted when the coins were found to be counterfeit.
“At first glance, they definitely look like a toonie,” said Const. Kenneth Gray on Wednesday.
“You just have to look at them carefully.”
Police shared a photo of the counterfeit currency showing a walrus on one side and an inaccurate portrait of Queen Elizabeth on the other.
Instead of saying “2 dollars” on the tail end, the counterfeit coins say “Z dollard.” They also claim to have been made in 1990, six full years before the toonie actually rolled out.
Coin counterfeiting rare in Canada: mint
It is debatable whether the coins can really be considered counterfeit, said Alex Reeves, spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mint.
While the double metallic color may fool some people, the coins are not trying to copy Toonien’s other features, Reeves said.
“While coin counterfeiting is rare in Canada, we proactively introduced new security features to our $ 2 coins, which include laser mark micro-engraving and a latent double maple leaf image that changes as the coin moves,” Reeves wrote in an email.
Real coins also have letters on their edges, he said.
As for coins minted before 2012 without these features, they would still have “Canada” and “$ 2” inscribed on the tail side, Reeves said, with “Elizabeth II”, “DG Regina” and the year of issue on their faces. , around the Queen’s image.
Gray will not say if they think more of the fake toonies are out there, but officers are looking for camera footage that may have filmed the one who issued the coins as legitimate.
Anyone with information can contact Hawkesbury OPP. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers.
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