Counterfeit Gallery

Cohiba - Old Style


Original band
Cohiba - Old Style

Cohiba is the most commonly counterfeited Cuban cigar. The white markings are tiny squares, not circles. There should be four rows of squares, with just two above the word "Cohiba." The "La Habana, Cuba" script is grand and elongated. The Cubans added the script in the early '90s.


Counterfeit purchased in the Dominican Republic

Counterfeit purchased in the Dominican Republic
Where do we begin with this band? After you tear your eyes from the canary yellow color, you might notice that the squares aren't all square (they're not even all the same size) and the gold is not embossed and is a cruder shade than what it should be. Then there's that horrible font used for the "Habana, Cuba" on the bottom. The half-hearted attempt also doesn't have the "La" in front of "Habana." The cigar is one of the infamous Cohiba Crystals, cigars packaged in glass- (or Lucite-) topped boxes. There is no genuine Cuban cigar packed in such fashion.
Counterfeit purchased in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Counterfeit purchased in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Oh, those fake Cohibas sold in the Dominican Republic. The country seems full of them, and this one is a perfect example. This is one of the infamous "Cohiba Crystals," packed in a box with a glass top. There is no such thing as a genuine Cohiba Crystal, but there are operations in the Dominican Republic rolling the purported Cuban cigars and putting them in the glass-top boxes. Not only is the band an obvious fake—the blurred "La Habana" script, the running black type on the word "Cohiba" and the completely fudged white block that contains the "Cohiba" type are all evidence of a poorly done counterfeit—as an added bonus, the cigars come with a "Cohiba humidification stick." This is one of the worst counterfeits we have ever seen.
Counterfeit of unknown origin

Counterfeit of unknown origin
We're going to call this band a "hybrid counterfeit," for lack of a better term. It's intended to look like the genuine Cuban Cohiba, but it claims Dominican origin. The only Dominican-made Cohiba that may be legally sold in the United States is the one in which the hole of the "O" is colored red. Anything else infringes on General Cigar Co's trademark right to sell Dominican-made Cohibas in the United States.
Counterfeit purchased in Doylestown, PA

Counterfeit purchased in Doylestown, PA
What were those pesky counterfeiters thinking when they printed this fake band? First and foremost, the essential "COHIBA" tablet has been substituted with the facial logo that can be found printed on genuine Cuban Cohiba boxes. It's a quality stamped reproduction of the design, but completely amiss. The facial logo on this band is gold and embossed, yet on genuine Cohiba boxes, the illustration is always black. The counterfeiters who produced this imitation band score points for creativity, though. Besides the glaring logo error, the typical mistakes associated with other fake Cohibas abound. The four rows of white dots on the black background should be larger white squares and all should be in closer proximity to each other. Also, the block-font words "Republica Dominicana" should actually be the scripted words "La Habana, Cuba." This error leads us to believe that the counterfeiters were attempting to pawn off this fraudulent cigar as a Dominican Cohiba.
Counterfeit purchased in Cuba

Counterfeit purchased in Cuba
This is a decent counterfeit. The color's pretty much on the money, and the script is better than most. Yet again, the tell-tale single row of squares above "Cohiba" is the giveaway.
Counterfeit of unknown origin

Counterfeit of unknown origin
We thought we'd seen every type of counterfeit Cohiba. Then we discovered this fake, which has five rows of white squares instead of the standard four that extend across the band's length. One errant row actually bisects the white rectangle centerpiece, creating a half-row of dots that shouldn't be there. The rows of white squares also aren't evenly spaced. This is just another example of the odd work produced by some counterfeiters. The word "COHIBA" is also too compressed and the name is slightly longer than on the genuine article. The scripted font of the band is inaccurate as well.
Counterfeit purchased in Prescot, Canada

Counterfeit purchased in Prescot, Canada
There's way too much orange in this band, and only one row of squares above "Cohiba."
Counterfeit of unknown origin

Counterfeit of unknown origin
The color on this band is way off. "Cohiba" is small, and sits too high into the black area.
Counterfeit purchased in Cuba

Counterfeit purchased in Cuba
This is an obvious fake. The yellow is off, the squares are rounded, the script is barely legible and the letters are too thin.
Counterfeit purchased in Moscow, Russia

Counterfeit purchased in Moscow, Russia
Another fake exposed by the single row of squares above "Cohiba." There should be two. Also, the Cohiba box sits too far into the black area. And the gold strip is a bit washed out.
Counterfeit purchased in San Jose, Costa Rica

Counterfeit purchased in San Jose, Costa Rica
Aside from being way off-center, the script is bold and scrunched and the word "Cohiba" rests beneath only one row of fuzzy squares.
Counterfeit French St. Martin

Counterfeit French St. Martin
Two major flaws give this fake away. It has white circles, not squares, and one row above "Cohiba," not two. The script is also suspect.
Counterfeit purchased in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Counterfeit purchased in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
The script is too small and the yellow contains too much orange. Most glaring, though, is that the yellow bleeds into the black area. You won't be able to tell online, but the band has a waxy texture that gives it a sort of shine.
Counterfeit of unknown origin

Counterfeit of unknown origin
This band has white dots, not squares. The script is too thin and sits too low on the band, as does the word "Cohiba." There are three rows of dots above the brand name, where there should be just two.
Counterfeit purchased in St. Johns, Antigua

Counterfeit purchased in St. Johns, Antigua
The script and the logo are small and scrunched, and the band lacks that touch of orange that distinguishes the genuine article. Plus the logo is positioned too high into the black, resting under only one row of squares.
Counterfeit purchased in Cuba

Counterfeit purchased in Cuba
The script is way off on this fake. It appears scrunched, as does the word "Cohiba."
Counterfeit of unknown origin

Counterfeit of unknown origin
Note the defined circles instead of squares, and the lack of the "La Habana, Cuba" script. Dead giveaways.
Counterfeit purchased in Texas, believed to have been made in the Dominican Republic

Counterfeit purchased in Texas, believed to have been made in the Dominican Republic
This is a poor counterfeit. It has rows of circles, not squares, and there are three rows above "Cohiba," not two. But its most glaring flaw is the lack of the "La Habana, Cuba" script.
Counterfeit purchased in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Counterfeit purchased in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Tourist spots in the Dominican Republic are horrible places to buy real Cuban cigars, and this poor example of a Cuban Cohiba shows you why. The tangerine hue of the band's bottom is all wrong, and this band is closer in style to the old Cohiba band than the new one.