Counterfeit Gallery

Montecristo - Old Style


Original band
Montecristo - Old Style

The traditional Montecristo band has a flat chocolate shade of brown, with no gloss. The lettering is bright white and very cleanly printed, with no bleeding of the white color into the brown area. Many fakes lack this sharpness.


Counterfeit of unknown origin

Counterfeit of unknown origin
No, this isn't a 3-D representation of the genuine article--it's a sloppily printed fake. The centerpiece is off center. The white border above the centerpiece and along the bottom and the right side shouldn't be there at all.
Counterfeit purchased in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Counterfeit purchased in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
The tip-off on this fake band is the fleur-de-lis in the center—this one is shaped, as the submitter put it, "like a cannabis leaf." The wings of the fleur-de-lis are too narrow and too straight, and the bottom of the image is completely wrong.
Counterfeit purchased in Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep.

Counterfeit purchased in Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep.
We've seen much worse. The lettering is fairly accurate and the color's not too far off, but the fleur-de-lis lacks sharpness. Plus, the entire white area is off-center and too bright.
Counterfeit purchased in Windsor, Ontario

Counterfeit purchased in Windsor, Ontario
This fake band is too wide, too dark, and the resolution is all wrong. Note the jaggedness at certain spots on the white bordering (i.e., upon the underside of the centerpiece). Also, on the left end of the band, that white splotch is the tear from the glue when the band was taken apart—common enough. However, Cuban cigar bands are meticulously wrapped around each cigar. In spite of minor human error, each band is glued relatively straight. Notice that the edge of the band still remains on the lower left end of this counterfeit, indicating that the band overlapped in a poorly aligned fashion. This is a subtle example of the lack of effort taken when the fake band was glued together.
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 band is way too dark. The fleur centerpiece is muddled, and its detailing lacks the precise lines of a legitimate Monte.
Counterfeit purchased in Chicago

Counterfeit purchased in Chicago
The mud-like color of this band is too light. The fleur-de-lis is muddled. And the lines leading out from the centerpiece lack sharpness.
Counterfeit of unknown origin

Counterfeit of unknown origin
Note the shiny paper, the upturned fleur and, most notably, the misspelling of "Habana". This band reads "Habano".