Customs: Fake coins from China seized By abclocal.go.com
| Thursday, April 21, 2011
21, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Chicago Customs and Border Protection
intercepted a shipment of counterfeit coins from China last
After noticing an irregularity in the X-ray of a heavy package
being sent to an Illinois residence, customs officials say
they discovered 361 coins that appeared to be U.S. Trade
Dollar coins with dates between 1873 and 1878. Analysis
of the coins revealed that they were made of brass with
a thin silver-plated coating.
According to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, the original U.S. Trade Dollar coin was minted
from 1873 to 1878. Customs officials say some of these coins
can be sold for as much as $2,000.
According to officials, the recipient of the shipment was
intending to sell the fake coins online.
"Legitimate traders are being duped into buying these
coins believing they are genuine," said David Murphy,
CBP Director of Field Operations in Chicago. "We strongly
recommend buyers or any consumers to be aware and use caution
when making these types of purchases on the Internet."
Customs officers screen international mail looking for
any type of contraband, counterfeit or prohibited items
being shipped to the United States.