. The design is usually distorted and the ornamentation and inscription are usually splayed 

 . The existence of a defect or more frequently in most counterfeit pieces and sometimes the presence of prominent lines that are not of the design 

. Coin surface and inscribtion are spongy and uneven and usually less solid than the original coins hence can bend by pressure 

. Usually has irregular reeding 

. It has almost no resonance it makes a much muffled sound since it is made of a cheap alloy and its luster fades away after a short period of circulation 

. Usually it weighs less than the original coin