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To falsify, deceive, or defraud. A copy or imitation of something that is intended to be taken as authentic and genuine in order to deceive another.

A counterfeit coin is one that may pass for a genuine coin and may include a lower denomination coin altered so that it may pass as a higher denomination coin.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1) adj. describing a document, particularly money, which is forged or created to look real, and intended to pass for real. 2) v. to criminally forge or print a false copy of money, bonds, or other valuable documents, intending to profit from the falsity. 3) n. shorthand for phoney money passed for real. (See: forgery, utter)

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TO COUNTERFEIT, criminal law. To make something false, in the semblance of that which is true; it always implies a fraudulent intent. Vide Vin. Ab. h.t. Forgery.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Ano also urged Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to support PNP NCRPO in its operations against these counterfeiters who have made a living out of counterfeiting and falsification.
Machaj (2007) argues that while the negation of the government's money by a private counterfeiter is a "good thing," it is hard to argue why such a person should gain a legitimate title to the money he creates, or the goods for which it is exchanged.
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government also misses out on millions of dollars in taxes, and more than 750,000 jobs are lost to counterfeiters, according to Customs.
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Several years ago the portraits on US paper money were enlarged, not for esthetic reasons, but to further thwart counterfeiters, because tiny flaws in the etchwork by the counterfeiter are quickly sensed in the portraits.
Should you acquire fake money from somewhere other than a store or bank, Marr urges consumers to refrain from stopping the perpetrator; not to handle the money excessively; and, if possible, get a description of the counterfeiter and his or her vehicle.