Counterfeit Coins in the EU

Authorities in the European Union detected 157,000 counterfeit coins in circulation in 2011, a decrease of 15 percent from the 186,000 fake coins detected in 2010.

In 2011, police removed 28,000 50-cent coins, 34,500 1-euro coins, and 94,500 2-euro coins from circulation.

With 16 billion euro coins in circulation, the ratio of counterfeit coins to authentic coins was 1 counterfeit to every 100,000 authentic coins.

Source:  “Euro coin counterfeiting in 2011,” EUROPA, Press Release, January 27, 2012.