Counterfeit coinage

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Ian Salisbury

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please may I know what proportion of the coinage, with respect to each type of coin that is currently in circulation, is counterfeit?

How have these proportions varied over the last 12 months, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years?

What is the proportion of counterfeit coinage with respect to true coinage at which it is expected that the public will lose confidence in that coinage?

Many thanks,

Yours faithfully,

Ian Salisbury

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Requesting information of the proportion of counterfeit coins in circulation.

Enquiries, Bank of England

Dear Mr Salisbury

Thank you for your email of 6 May in which you asked:-

`...what proportion of the coinage, with respect to each type of coin that
is currently in circulation, is counterfeit?

How have these proportions varied over the last 12 months, 2 years, 5
years and 10 years?

What is the proportion of counterfeit coinage with respect to true coinage
at which it is expected that the public will lose confidence in that
coinage?'

May I explain that the Royal Mint is responsible for minting coins in the
UK whereas the Bank of England is responsible for issuing banknotes. We
have therefore, transferred your request to the Royal Mint and I have
listed their contact details below for your reference:

Information Office

The Royal Mint

Llantrisant

Pontyclun

CF72 8YT

Tel 01443 222111

Email: [1][email address]

Web: [2]www.royalmint.com

Yours sincerely

Jackie Keating

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Referred to Royal Mint.