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The "Legitimate Fakes" & Wombourne

These are a group of fakes produced with the word COPY behind the queens neck.
This is quite often defaced (on the die) to try and hide it, however.

Legitimate Fakes are Branded COPY

Legitimate Fake : Forth Sub 2004 Legitimate Fake : Egyptian Sub 2004 Legitimate Fake : Egyptian 1 Legitimate Fake : Millennium 1 Legitimate Fake : Millennium 2 Legitimate Fake : Shield 1

Whether the forgers started with the Egyptian Bridge coin is unknown, however when examining the coins in date order as above, the coins have certainly gotten better & more realistic over time so for now we will assume the Egyptian was their trial run (Hence why the word COPY is not defaced at all, and on the first generation Millennium it is only slightly defaced)

Certainly an interesting series in its own right, but when you consider the following "Link Coin" which proves a link between the Legitimate Fakes series and the Wombourne Fakes, it gets more interesting.

Shield 10 : The Missing Link

Notice the edge inscription matches the Wombourne Fakes below

Wombourne Fake : Dragon 7 Wombourne Fake : Shield 3

A direct comparison

Edge Inscription Comparison

The old "Suspected Linking Factors" before the Link Coin came to light

The old suspected link

While not 100% exact, they may well be from the same master die. Consider this :
i) Every other fake Shield type shows some degree of 'waffling' pattern in the background of the shield, whereas neither of the two above do.
ii) Look closely at the Lions' tails, all but one are broken in the same place, and no other fake Shield has a broken Lions tail.

The reason I think it is the same master and not the same physical die is that the 'Copy' fake with the die cracks & chip is clearly in a worse state than the Wombourne mule, and yet the mule has a broken tail on the top lion in the bottom right segment of the shield, whereas the tail is intact on the 'Copy' coin.

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