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Euro coins are well protected against counterfeiting by several security features. Overall levels of counterfeiting have been relatively low.
However because each country's euro coins – with distinctive designs – are legal tender across the eurozone, common rules and coordination are needed to ensure anti-counterfeiting measures are equally effective in all countries. OLAF has a particular role in coordinating national measures.
Coordination – European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC)
OLAF's European technical and scientific centre supports national efforts to combat counterfeiting of coins by:
coordinating technical measures, in particular the analysis and classification of the major categories of counterfeit euro coins (common classes)
providing Coin National Analysis Centres and police authorities with direct technical assistance