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This press release, published on Coin Update January 30, 2017 announces the formation of a new Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force to combat the threat of counterfeit coins currently entering the U.S. market from abroad. Pictured is the counterfeit 1872-S discussed January 22 - a fake good enough to fool the major certification services not once, but twice. -Editor

Counterfeit 1872S-obverse Counterfeit 1872S-reverse
Counterfeit 1872-S Liberty Seated Half

At their January 4 meeting, the board of directors of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) approved the formation of an Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) committee. The aim of the ACTF is to mobilize law-enforcement resources to protect the integrity of U.S. coinage by educating officials on the economic impact and growing threat that counterfeits of circulating, collectible, and bullion coins pose to the collecting community as well as to the public at large.

beth-deisher The board also approved the hiring of Beth Deisher as director of anti-counterfeiting. The committee and Deisher’s salary will be financed by donations to a separate, dedicated fund.

The ACTF was formally established January 6 during a meeting in Fort Lauderdale. This meeting was attended and fully supported by numismatic-community leaders and association members who had attended an August 8, 2016, summit to assess the harmful effects of counterfeit coins entering U.S. markets from China, Russia, and Eastern European countries, and to discuss the need for action to address the problem.

“ICTA stepped forward to launch the task force and provide management oversight, because it allows the quickest path forward to get the task force up and running,” said ICTA’s chairman, Philip N. Diehl.

“Beth has assisted me every step of the way in the formation of the task force. ICTA and the dealer/collector communities are very fortunate to have her on our staff. She will be a tremendous asset,” said Kathy McFadden, ICTA executive director.

Deisher was editor of Coin World for 27 years and has remained active in numismatics through writing and presenting educational forums since her retirement from the magazine in 2012. She was inducted into the Numismatic Hall of Fame in 2013.

In 2008, Coin World teamed up with the New York Times to publish the first major series on Chinese-made counterfeit coins that were entering the U.S. marketplace. In 2009, Deisher and Dr. Gregory Dubay team-taught classes on Chinese counterfeits during the American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar and during the World’s Fair of Money. Subsequently, she has presented several regional, educational workshops and forums on Chinese counterfeits throughout the nation.

For information about donating to support the work of the task force, please call Beth Deisher at (567) 202-1795, or email her at Checks made payable to “ICTA Anti-Counterfeiting” can be sent to the following address:

ICTA Anti-Counterfeiting
P.O. Box 237
Dacula, GA 30019

Back in the early days of the American Numismatic Association, someone would be appointed to the position of "Counterfeit Detector" to serve as an independent reviewer of potentially fake coins. The market dynamics are no different today - wherever there is a robust market for genuine (coins, clothes, handbags, whatever), there will be counterfeiters trying to fool buyers and make a quick buck.

Today's market dynamic includes a sophisticated cadre of offshore fakers generating increasingly good copies of rare and collectible coins. It will take a coordinated effort to counteract them, and I'm sure Beth Deisher will be a formidable opponent. Collectors and dealers alike should support this effort vigorously - get out your checkbooks, folks - this is war. -Editor

Beth Deisher adds:

“We have a big job ahead of us. It will take both the dealer and collector communities working together to harness our energies, resources, and knowledge to begin to reverse the tide of counterfeits entering our marketplace. The task force is being funded entirely by donations. We need everyone’s financial support. We will need to draw upon the knowledge of many as we move forward,”

To read the complete article, see:
Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force Formed; Beth Deisher Hired as Director (

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