Tourist Tip #283 / Identifying counterfeit coins and bills
Like any country, Israel has its fair share of fake money, and if you get stuck with it - you're stuck with it.
Counterfeiting has probably been around since the cowrie was used as currency, though the technology has improved. Israel has not been spared the plague of money fakers and the reason this might be of interest to you, dear tourist, is that vendors won't take fake money when they spot it. But rather too many will be perfectly happy to pawn off any fake coins they received on you as change.
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