Investigator Arlon Reed with the Centre Police Department said the fake dimes have been discovered in at least two local establishments with almost 30 dimes being discovered at one location.
“They were taken in while a customer purchased food or other convenience items,” said Reed. “They are made of copper and aluminum. Every one of them have a mold. They appear to have some type of silver or aluminum paint.”
According to Reed, these coins are not the same silver color as a true dime and some have mold marks like bubbles on them. Some have smooth sides, others have ribbed sides.
Business owners are urged to contact the Centre Police Department at (256)927-3611 if they see dimes or any other coins that look suspicious.
Law enforcement agents remind counterfeiters that manufacturing forged dimes carries the same penalty as counterfeit money in any other denominations