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Beware Krugerrand Imitations in Silver or Miniature

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Beware Krugerrand Imitations in Silver or Miniature
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Beware Krugerrand Imitations in Silver or Miniature
There are now many items offered on eBay as "krugerrands" which are NOT krugerrands, that we thought it time we published a warning about them.
When we searched "Coins" for "krugerrand", with "Show All" selected, we found at least 14 out of 174 listings were for imitations. In all these cases, the listing title was, in our opinion, misleading. Use of misleading titles is dishonest, and contrary to eBay's listing rules, however eBay seem happy to allow these crooked listings to continue. Reporting them via eBay's Trust and Safety programme seems to have no effect.

Examples
Here are a few examples of the listing titles used to sell these fakes:

RARE KRUGERRAND 1982 MINT SEALED CONDITION VERY RARE
999 SILVER Commemorative Krugerrand Lustrous !
South African Silver .999 Krugerrand
KRUGERRAND Mini GOLD Commemorative UNC
smal Krugerrand 1979 gold
GOLD COIN SET KRUGERRAND 3PIECES
SOUTH AFRICA GOLD KRUGERRAND MINITURE
1982 Commemorative Krugerrand .999 Silver NR
Commemorative Krugerrand Silver 1/10
Authentic Solid Gold Mini Krugerrand Bullion Coin IMM
Mini Moneta Krugerrand Oro Gold Sud-Africa GUARDA!!
Mini Krugerrand 1958 Mint condition .3g of 14ct GOLD
smallest gold coin in world, forerunner of KRUGERRAND

What's Wrong?
There are several things wrong with these listings:
Most of them are described as coins, which they are not. Coins are money officially issued by a government. These fakes are privately minted and have no legal tender status.
They should not be listed under "Coins", but under "Exonumia, or similar".
The title should clearly state IMITATION or some such other clear identification of their status.
Some of them are described as rare, this is inaccurate rubbish.
Most of them do not indicate clearly or at all in the item description that they are not real coins, merely cheap unofficial imitations. This is dishonest, misleading, and contrary to eBay's listing rules.
Many of the vendors sell identical items repeatedly.
Many of the vendors sell similar imitation junk sith similarly misleading titles and descriptions.
Most of them are offered at ridiculously high prices considering their intrinsic (and aesthetic) values, typically $15 for less than 50 cents worth of silver, or 5 cents worth of base metal.
It is our guess that the few described as "gold", are probably not hallmarked, which would be a criminal offence in many countries. If the vendors are dishonest enough to misdescribe them as "coins", "rare", etc., then it is doubtful whether those described as gold are in fact so.
Some of the vendors have feedback of thousands, others in the hundreds, one was "private". It appears that there are enough "mugs" born every minute to keep them in business.

Expanded Examples
In each case, we show the item title, followed by all or part of its description.

Commemorative Krugerrand silver 1/10
This coin is 19mm Diameter and is about tenth of oz These coins are highly sort after and are rare

Authentic Solid Gold Mini Krugerrand Bullion Coin IMM
You are bidding on a Great Looking Authentic SOLID GOLD Mini Krugerrand Bullion Coin. Issued by the International Monetary Mint. Its in Like New condition, and in its Original Case. It measures about 3/8 in diameter. It will make a great addition to your collection! Please view my Ebay Listings for more Great Estate Items & Collectibles. Also, please check out my Ebay Store! Please use Paypal(US Buyers Only, & Only With Confirmed Address), Check or Money Order for payment. Multiple Purchases Save On Shipping! Thanks for bidding!

1982 Commemorative Krugerrand .999 Silver NR
~Commemorative Krugerrand .999 Silver ~
"We do not clean our Coins"
This is the beautiful Silver Commemorative Krugerrand presented in a shimmering Proof Finish bearing the dates 1967-1982 to mark the 15th Anniversary of one of the world's most collected coin.
Coin measures 32mm in diameter - .999 pure - weight 22gr - still untouched in the original hard plastic case - condition BU.
The coin you see is the coin you get…

SOUTH AFRICA GOLD KRUGERRAND MINITURE
YOU ARE BIDDIND ON A SOUTH AFRICA MINITURE GOLD COIN IT IS THE SIZE OF A PILE BUT LOOK LIKE A KRUGERRAND WAS MADE IN 1980 IN A BEAUTFIELD BLUE VELVET CASE IT WAS FOUND IN A BASEMENT STORED SINCE 1980 WAS PAID AT THE TIME 29.95 I HAVE 50 PEACES THESE ARE REPLIACA OF THE 1 OZ GOLD BUT THEY ARE IN GOLD
   
Mini Moneta Krugerrand Oro Gold Sud-Africa GUARDA!!
Molto Carina Mini Moneta Krugerrand della Sud-Africa in Oro 900/1000 -- SI TRATTA DI UNA RIPRODUZIONE ---- La moneta e molto piccola (Diametro: 1 cm)
Peso: 0,33 grammi
Molto carina come regalo, investimento, o anche per collezionisti. Buon Asta!
   
Mini Krugerrand 1958 Mint condition .3g of 14ct GOLD
smallest gold coin in world, forerunner of KRUGERRAND
1958 South African 5/- 14ct pure gold coin. Not sure what this coin is, sold to me as a token.The reverse has the famous Springbok of Krugerrand fame, the obverse has a picture of our Queen. Absolutely exquisite, looks like a tiny krugerrand, weighs .3 of a gramme, or 100 to the ounce. I have not seen the like in over 40 years of collecting. Not even sure if it is official but I would suggest all collectors of gold coins would like it, ESPECIALLY krugerrand collectors.10mm diameter. A quite amazing novelty. It has been suggested that these coins that was in use, circulating in South Africa 49 years ago. But I cannot find any reference in Krause.
It has also been suggested that it is a S.A. Mint trial piece. Regretfully, I cannot confirm this either.
All coins guaranteed genuine & exactly as described, or your money refunded.
Photos are of the actual coin, unless stated otherwise. x50 photos can be sent on request by email.
I have been with eBay for over 4 years now.
Most of my auctions are private.As are all the coin auctions off-line e.g. Spink. There is no sinister reason for this,
I cannot put in false bids in my name or any other. Shrilling is bad & leads to suspension from eBay !!
Investors sometimes prefer to remain anonymous, especially if buying for retirement.There is also the security aspect to consider.
Finally, no one likes bidding against a friend & I do not wish to slow your bidding !!
Most of my coins start at £1 & do not have a reserve. This is to save listing fees. So you could grab a bargain
Although I am not a Coin Dealer, I have been a serious collector for over 40 years. My grading is
accurate but conservative & descriptions fair & honest. If a coin has any faults, its described in detail.
No nasty suprizes !! Each gold coin has been measured & digitally weighed on purchase, as well as
carefully examined to ensure that it is 'right.' So you can boldly bid in perfect safety.(see feedback)
   
.999 SILVER Commemorative Krugerrand Lustrous !
THE FAMOUS   COMMEMORATIVE KRUGERRAND IS MADE OF 0.999 SILVER.
Beautifull silver coin. Great investment! HARD TO FIND !  BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED CONDITION !!!
Diameter :19mm
Weight : 2.1g

KRUGERRAND Mini GOLD Commemorative UNC
 KRUGERRAND mini gold Commemorative. A small but unique genuine 8kt gold, 10mm in size . Brilliant Uncirculated Gold commemoration piece.
BID NOW WHILE AVAILABLE.
SEE OUR OTHER AUCTIONS TO FIND MORE GOLD & SILVER COINS AS WELL AS CURRENCY....
   
GOLD COIN SET KRUGERRAND 3PIECES
LITLE GOLD COINS 3 PIECES
1 PIECES KRUGERRAND 585 GOLD COIN   DIAMETER 11mm
WAIGT 0,5 gr. SPEZIALEDITION PP VERY RARELY 20000 PIECES ON THE WORLD
1 PIECES SPECIAL COIN
CANADA MAPLE LEAF 1979 GOLD 10 K 585 GOLD
FAMOS GOLDCOIN REPRODUKTION DIAMETER 10mm
1 PIECES FOOTBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2006 PARTICIPANT COUNTRY POLAND
SPECIAL COIN EDITION 1.200.000 OF NORDIC GOLD EXPENDITURE 2006 WAIGHT 8,15 gramm
27 mm DIAMETER  2 SLOTY
this is a set of 3 little gold coin
look pictures.

smal Krugerrand 1979 gold
1 KRUGERRAND REPRODUKTION
MINIATURE COIN FROM 1979
DIAMETER 11mm
WEIGHT ca 0,5 gr    585 GOLD
VERY RARELY

RARE KRUGERRAND 1982 MINT SEALED CONDITION VERY RARE
YOU ARE LOOKING AT A SUPER RARE KRUGERRAND 1982 MINT SEALED CONDITION VERY RARE ONLY A FEW OF THESE COINS ARE ON THE OPEN MARKET.
REAL LOW STARTING PRICE.......
GOOD LUCK

Our Suggestion
Avoid these offers. There vendors are either truly ignorant about what they are offering, describing and selling, or are crooks.
Make a note of the vendors, and avoid dealing with them.
Consider reporting them to eBay via the trust and safety links. eBay don't actually make these very easy to use, we wonder why?, but if enough people report them, eBay management might just get the message.
Try reporting them to your local police, or consumer protection department. If they get enough complaints, and put pressure on eBay, change might happen. If you don't, it won't.

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Author & Copyright Notice
This page was written by Lawrence Chard of Chard Coins, and is extracted from our "Gold Sovereigns" website. We hope you find this page useful and informative, please feel free to use the information we have provided, but please note we retain copyright on all contents including both textual content and images. Please do not copy our text or images without our prior written permission.

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