The number of counterfeit Euro coins increased considerably in 2006 from 2005 but “is insignificant compared to the total number of 69 billion genuine coins in circulation,” stated the European Commission on January 12. The commission said, “In 2006, nearly 164,000 counterfeit Euro coins were removed from circulation, mainly by national Central Banks. This represents an increase of over 63,000 compared to 2005.” . . .
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