First appeared around Birmingham in February 2017. Generally a Zombiesque portrait, but much more realistic portraits are turning up. There are two edge inscription subtypes, both pretty similar but one with stretched out letters, especially noticeable on the D's and R's.

These coins were available via Chinese e-commerce websites for a while in quantities of between 10 and 200. The first design to appear was the 2015 Royal Navy (Presumably fueled by the media interest in the 100 4th portrait coins released into circulation) and it snowballed from there. Were prevelant in the Swansea area but are widespread now. There are a few subtypes but not enough to go into detail here.

Earlier (and or cheaper) Chinese copies. The 2008 version also originating on a different Chinese e-commerce site. The coins are in such high relief that they're easily spotted. Seemed centered around the Bradford area. Unsure of the newer ones that have started turning up (Slave Trade etc) but all the coins in this category are certainly not the same calibre as the main Chinese coins above.


These coins were featured on Fake Britain in November 2015 as the best counterfeits ever seen, due to their ability to fool coin validators 100% of the time. Whoever is responsible for making these has tried many different alloy mix configurations to get this right, as can be seen HERE and can be seen by the different central disc colours too! The rotation of these coins is often a giveaway, as is the portrait and quality of the 'join' between the two metals which often bleed into eachother. Watch the episode on YOUTUBE

These first appeared in Scotland in June 2017, and are frequently found around Glasgow. Only this design & year is known so far. If you compare the second (more circulated) example to the first you can see the high points of the outer ring have worn away to reveal a silver metal underneath. Feel and look very flat.

Called Medusa on account of the large die clash evidence behind the portrait of the queen, giving the impression of snakes rising out of her hair. Often miss-identified as a legitimate error. No samples have come to light without the die clash evidence.

"Monkey Metal" ... a colloquial term that refers to alloys of low-melting point metals that manufacturers use to make fast, inexpensive castings. Very low quality fakes often with bubbles and flaws. Also known as "Shed Jobs". Generally spray painted silver and gold (Sometimes using a 1p piece to cover the silver when applying the gold)

These coins are magnetic, and the inner disc looks like stainless steel. The inner disc is often rounded on the edge on the reverse, but some are rounded on the obverse or difficult to distinguish. (This possibly has to do with the way the dies and blanks are loaded)

Every specimen so far has been found in and around Sheffield (The same area where the Fake 12-sided £1 coins seem to be originating from)
Only a 2011 Technology design has been seen so far, but it has some distinguishable features that make it stand out. (Not only the die clash evidence... which no sample has been seen without, yet!)

Possibly an aluminium centre.


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