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Fake bullion, 'funkadelic' Kennedy: Week's Most Read

The top story of the week concerned Chinese counterfeit silver bullion, like this silver-plated brass fake fabricated in a facility in China to look like a 1-ounce silver bar from SilverTowne.

Counterfeit bar for photography courtesy of Dan Davis.

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in numismatic insights and news.

Coin World is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week.

Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order:

5. Ceremonial 'hell money' notes widely used in Asian cultures confiscated: The notes were printed on what is called “joss paper” that is specifically meant to be burnt, most often as an a offering to the deceased in what is a common ritual in Asian cultures.

4. When a Mint makes a major mistake: Monday Morning Brief, Feb. 29: Jeff Starck explains the situation surrounding the discovery of an error version of a Proof gold coin from Canada.

3. Patience pays off with Jefferson 5-cent pieces: Found in Rolls: A long and tiresome trip to the grocery store paid off for columnist Bill O'Rourke in the form of some interesting coin finds. 

2. Kennedy half dollar with 'funkadelic' toning brings $22,325: Market Analysis: In this case the colorful phrasing refers to a beautifully toned 1964-D Kennedy half dollar graded Mint State 68 by Professional Coin Grading Service. 

1. Chinese counterfeiters target silver bullion products of multiple manufacturers: The counterfeiting is causing financial headaches both for the makers of the genuine pieces and for the fakes’ secondary market buyers who are unaware of the bogus pieces.

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