Apparently, there’s some holy counterfeiting going on here in the Holy Land.
I quite literally had no idea until I handed the bakery lady a ten-shekel coin today, and she quickly shook her head and said “מזויף” / mezuyaf… “it’s fake.”
“How do you know?” I asked her.
She shrugged and pulled out a real ₪10 coin. “Just look at it.”
I did… and couldn’t tell the difference, at all.
Apparently, I’m rather late to the game (what else is new?) and this has been going on for years. I found some tips on detecting fakes on this Hebrew site, as well as a bunch of English sites. Here are a few guidelines.