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Shopkeepers confused over which coins are fake or real

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Joe McGivern of the West Belfast Traders' Forum said the confusion arose from shiny coins which were dated 2008.

Retailers are on the lookout for counterfeit pound coins after reports they have circulating in several parts of Northern Ireland.

But some of the coins being refused in shops may not be fakes.

The police say they have no evidence there is a particularly high number of counterfeit coins in circulation in Northern Ireland.

Joe McGivern of the West Belfast Traders' Forum said the confusion had arisen from shiny coins dated 2008.

But he said they were not sure which coins were fake and which were real.

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Some shops will not take certain pound coins due to a warning over counterfeit money. Chris Page reports.

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