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Deception by false British Virgin Islands coins

November 10, 2016 – The Government of the British Virgin Islands is advising the public, especially coin collectors, that ‘coins’ claiming to be issued in the name of the British Virgin Islands, have been offered for sale to coin dealers and the general public.
The coins are being sold from the website http://coinsking.ru/ and feature animals from Novosibirsk Zoo and Sibir Hockey Club in Russia. The coins are also being sold by two dealers on Ebay.

Screenshot of http://coinsking.ru featuring one of the imitated strikings.

Screenshot of http://coinsking.ru featuring one of the imitated strikings.

All are advised that these ‘coins’ have never been approved by the Government, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office nor Her Majesty the Queen.

Screenshot of eBay featuring another imitation certainly inspired by the famous award winning hedgehog of Coin Invest Trust.

Screenshot of eBay featuring another imitation certainly inspired by the famous award winning hedgehog of Coin Invest Trust.

The following pieces are concerned.
2014 1 Dollar Coin with Novosibirsk Zoo Jaguar
2015 1 Dollar Coin with Novosibirsk Zoo Tiger
2015 1 Dollar Coin with Novosibirsk Zoo Dolphin
2015 1 Dollar Coin with Novosibirsk Zoo Lion
2015 1 Dollar Coin with Novosibirsk Zoo Meerkats
2015 1 Dollar Coin with Novosibirsk Zoo Orangutan
2016 1 Dollar Coin with Novosibirsk Zoo Hedgehog
2016 1 Dollar Coin with Novosibirsk Zoo Swans
2016 1 Dollar Coin with Sibir Hockey Club

Be aware that all of these strikings are nothing but private medals. Immediate action has been being taken to investigate the perpetrators of this distribution. In the meantime, the Government of the British Virgin Islands is alerting any potential purchasers that these items are not authorized coins.

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