Counterfeit Gallery

Punch


Original band
Punch

The Punch band is difficult to copy because its detailing is quite intricate. The logo and the adjacent coins are textured and richly colored, and the amount of embossing on the lettering varies, though you may not be able to detect this online. The red vertical rules in the background are sharp.


Counterfeit purchased in Nassau, Bahamas

Counterfeit purchased in Nassau, Bahamas
A decent counterfeit, but a discernible fake. While the colors are consistent and the detailed coins give the appearance of a genuine band, certain noticeable qualities give it away. First, the raised paper in the centerpiece and coins is apparent, but the alignment is off. Second, the vertical red lines that flank the centerpiece are sloppy. They fail to reach the gold bordering on the top and extend outside of the bordering on the bottom.
Counterfeit purchased in Scotland

Counterfeit purchased in Scotland
Horrible. The gold is flat and blotchy, the red vertical lines are inconsistent (too thick in some places, too thin in others) and neither the coins nor the centerpiece show any intricacy at all. This cigar was probably sold under a sign that read, "Real Cubans, Real Cheap!"
Counterfeit purchased in Panama City

Counterfeit purchased in Panama City
A poor counterfeit from Panama City. The vertical lines are too thin and spread too far apart. The coins have some detail, but they're poorly aligned with the raised paper, giving them a crude, lopsided appearance. The coins on the right side of the band are especially distorted. In the centerpiece, the raised texture is missing and there is very little detail in the crown.
Counterfeit from Seoul, South Korea

Counterfeit from Seoul, South Korea
This counterfeit is close, but the bottom script is almost covered by the rope border. The "RE" is not centered properly. And the "Punch" slips into the top of the centerpiece.
Counterfeit purchased in Canada

Counterfeit purchased in Canada
On the whole, this is a pretty good counterfeit. The red vertical lines lack sharpness and in some areas fail to meet the gold bordering. The coins show, believe it or not, too much detail. And the raised rope border is crudely rendered and inconsistent.
Counterfeit from Northern California

Counterfeit from Northern California
This is a pretty good counterfeit, though the colors are washed out and vertical rules are inconsistent and rough-looking. The coins lack the detail of the real McCoy, and the centerpiece is a bit muddled.
Counterfeit purchased in Vancouver, British Columbia

Counterfeit purchased in Vancouver, British Columbia
It may be difficult to detect online, but some of the red vertical lines in the background of this fake extend outside the gold bordering. Also, the lettering is not raised and the gold color is sheeny.