Fake gold coins are not always easy to spot.
Some fake coins look so close to the real thing, yet they are certainly not hard to come by.
You’ll often find fake gold coins in these places:
- Magazine advertisements placed by disreputable coin dealers
- eBay auctions
- Flea markets
- TV infomercials
- Buy only certified gold coins authenticated by 3rd-party coin graders.
- Make sure any coin dealer you purchase gold coins from has a return policy.
- Buy gold coins from reputable coin dealers.
- Buy gold coins from legitimate investment brokers.
- Know how to buy gold coins on eBay so you don’t get ripped off.
My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!