The Industry Council for Tangible Assets board of directors approved
at their Jan. 4 board meeting the formation of an Anti-Counterfeiting
Task Force committee to mobilize law enforcement resources to protect
the integrity of U.S. coinage by educating officials on the economic
impact and growing threat counterfeit circulating, collectible, and
bullion coins pose to the collecting community as well as the public
The board also approved the hiring of Beth Deisher as director of
anti-counterfeiting. The committee and Beth’s salary will be financed
by donations to a separate, dedicated fund.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) was formally established
January 6 during a meeting in Fort Lauderdale attended and fully
supported by numismatic community leaders and associations that
attended an August 8, 2016, summit to assess the harmful effects of
counterfeit coins entering U.S. markets from China, Russia, Eastern
European countries, and the need for action to address the problem.
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“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 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 Coin World in
2012. She was inducted into the Numismatic Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 2008 Coin World teamed with The New York Times to
publish the first major series on counterfeit coins made in China
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 educational workshops
and forums on Chinese counterfeits regionally throughout the nation.
For information about donating to support the work of the task
force, contact Deisher at 567-202-1795 or email her at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Make checks payable to ICTA
Anti-Counterfeiting, P.O. Box 237, Dacula, GA 30019.