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Counterfeit coins (fake versions of rare and valuable coins) are often sold to unsuspecting people as genuine. On the other hand, replica coins are properly marked with the words “copy” or “replica.” Replicas are not intended to fool the buyer into thinking that they are buying a genuine original U.S. coin. They’re designed simply to give people a chance to own something which closely resembles an original coin (that is usually very valuable). Replica coins are generally worth only the value of the metal within the coin itself.