Romeo y Julieta
As with other Cuban brands such as La Gloria Cubana and Punch, Romeo y Julieta bands feature raised gold coins that are difficult to counterfeit. Most fakes are betrayed by lack of detail in the coins. Also notice the clean, blocky type used for the lettering in the centerpiece. The gold border is made up of dots that connect to make a line; the border on many fakes is a solid line. The background color is a rich, military red.
Counterfeit purchased in Panama
A poor counterfeit. There is no detail in the coins and the paper lacks the raised gold dots that make up the top and bottom borders. The gold and red coloring runs into each another and the white-block lettering in the centerpiece lacks the sharpness of the original.
Counterfeit purchased in Massachusetts
The flat, muddled quality of the coins gives this counterfeit away. Also, the centerpiece is off-center and the red has too much orange in it.
Counterfeit purchased in Miami
While the background of this band is more pink than military red, the real giveaway is the lack of detail in the coins that flank the centerpiece. Overall, it's not a bad fake. The lettering is sharp and certain details are embossed to match the original.
Counterfeit purchased in Barcelona
The Romeo y Julieta logo on this fake band is partially obscured by the gold oval around it, which has been placed off center. The medals flanking the center of the band are lacking some of the embossing found on the real deal.