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Counterfeit South African Krugerrand Coins Seized

Release Date: 
April 27, 2021

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Rochester Port of Entry discovered 119 South African Krugerrand 1972 one-ounce gold coins being shipped into the United States.

S African IPR Gold Coins
CBP officers seized counterfeit gold coins

On April 5th, CBP officers encountered a shipment manifesting as badge. Further inspection revealed 119 South African Krugerrands being shipped in an unmarked shipping bag. Research discovered that these coins are restricted for distribution by the mint of the South African government. In addition, one authentic Krugerrand 1972 gold coin would be worth $1800 or more. These particular coins showed a low-quality metal which did not carry the weight of an authentic gold coin.  On April 21, CBP officers, working with the Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Center, were able to determine the coins were counterfeit and seized them.

“Our officers continue to protect our country and citizens from all manner of counterfeit goods,” said Rochester Port Director Ronald Menz. “We have a vital role to protect against fraudulent items like these from entering and disrupting our commerce.”

If you have information about counterfeit merchandise being illegally imported into the U.S., CBP encourages you to submit an E-Allegation.  The E-Allegation provides a means for the public to anonymously report to CBP any suspected violations of trade laws or regulations related to the importation of goods into the U.S.

CBP conducts operations at ports of entry throughout the United States, and regularly screens arriving international passengers and cargo for narcotics, weapons, and other restricted or prohibited products. CBP strives to serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation’s safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.

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Last modified: 
April 27, 2021