Anti-Counterfeiting Seminar for Law Enforcement Officials


The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation ( recently held an eight-hour course titled “Counterfeit Coins and Precious Metals Investigations” for 35 local, state, and federal investigators from Kansas and Missouri.

Dozens of law enforcement officials from Kansas and Missouri attended a seminar hosted by the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation. (Photo courtesy of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation.)

ACEF seminar attendees saw examples of fake numismatic items during the training session held in the Kansas City suburb of Mission, Kansas.

“This educational program is one of many strategic initiatives by ACEF to combat the massive proliferation of counterfeit coins and precious metals in the U.S. market,” said Doug Davis, Seminar Co-Presenter, Director of the fight against ACEF counterfeiting.

“Chris Hersey, Senior Officer in the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of the Treasury, and I have prepared a comprehensive presentation designed to provide attendees with the skills necessary to thoroughly investigate coinage cases. counterfeit currency and precious metals and identify investigative tools and resources provided by ACEF,” explained Davis, a former Texas police chief.

The course began with a basic overview of the numismatic and precious metals industry to familiarize participants with the many complexities involved in investigating numismatic and counterfeit crimes.

“By understanding the inner workings of these types of crimes, participants gained the knowledge necessary to identify the clandestine activities of counterfeiters and the targeted victims,” Davis said.

Topics included identifying major sources of counterfeits, methods of distribution in the United States, diagnosing counterfeits, identifying targeted victims, jurisdictional issues, and case development. Instructors used a counterfeit coins and precious metals exhibit to provide participants with hands-on experience in identifying the different types of counterfeit coins and precious metals currently flooding the US market.

ACEF Counterfeit Seminar
Law enforcement attendees at the recent Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation seminar near Kansas City saw examples of rare fake coins and bullion coins as part of the educational program. (Photo courtesy of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation.)

Course participants identified various testing methods and tools available to detect counterfeits, including a demonstration of the Sigma Metalytics Pro verifier, and learned about several ongoing counterfeit case studies.

“The course has provided law enforcement professionals with the fundamental investigative techniques and resources, knowledge and understanding necessary to effectively respond to the complex challenges encountered when investigating crimes related to counterfeit coins. participants received a Certificate of Attendance and PCGS and NGC Encapsulation Samples as educational tools for other researchers within their respective agency.

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The continued success of ACEF is entirely dependent on the support of the industry and the numismatic community. ACEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and monetary contributions can be made online at or by check to ACEF, 28441 Rancho California Rd., Ste 106, Temecula, CA 92590.

For more information on donations, contact ACEF Executive Director Brueggeman at [email protected]


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