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50 million fake £1 coins circulating in the UK: Morning Report

1. Pound problems

No wonder a newly shaped £1 coin is on the way.

The Bank of England believes there are 50 million fake £1 coins in circulation, according to a Jan. 20 Daily Mail report.

If accurate, that means one out of every 30 £1 coins is a phony. 

"Industry specialists say it costs around 20 pence per coin to make a fake £1 coin. The fakes are sold on the black market to distributors for around 70 pence each," the Daily Mail reports.

The Royal Mint is pushing back against counterfeiters by releasing a new 12-sided £1 coin in 2017.

2. Precious metals pricing listed the following prices per ounce at 9:32 a.m. ET Wednesday:

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There's plenty of interesting stuff going on in California.

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