This band has several characteristics that are difficult for a counterfeiter to duplicate. First, the gold coins that flank the centerpiece--as with the shields and the crown in the center, the coins are intricately detailed and the paper is raised, giving it some texture. The gold border around the logo, the rope over "Cifuentes y Cia," and the horizontal gold bars that extend out from the center are also raised. The block lettering is sharp and defined, while the red, white, and gold colors do not blend or run into one another.
Counterfeit of unknown origin
As with many other fakes in our gallery, this one is printed on stiff stock. The band's relief is too intense—from the raised dots running along the top and bottom to the coins flanking the centerpiece. The coins are also not properly aligned. Moving on to the band's text, the font of this fake is too small and too sharp in comparison with an authentic band's thick and slightly hazy words. Last, in the centerpiece of a real Partagas, each shield owns a dabble of white in its decoration, but this fake shows no evidence of such detailing.
Counterfeit purchased in Toronto
This is a fair reproduction, but it lacks the definition and clarity of the genuine article. The obvious giveaways here are the lack of detail in the coins, shields and crown. The lettering is muddled; the characters are too thick and run together. Some of the paper is raised, though highly inconsistent. The gold and red borders lack distinction.
Counterfeit purchased in North Carolina
Even after a quick inspection of this band it's easy to see it's a fake. The gold borders around the logo and the gold bars that extend out from the centerpiece are noticeably inconsistent. In the centerpiece, the raised paper in the gold coins and in the shields is terribly misplaced. You may also notice that the "ia" in "Cia" is not underlined. This may lead one to think it's fake, but, as some Partagas bands feature a period after "Cia," it could merely be a discrepancy or sloppy printing.