copied from the old site
In 2001, it was reported that this pin had been counterfeited, when it was extremely hard to get. I had purchased one at a Disneyana show & sale. The person selling them had a bag full of like 25 of them. I should have been suspicious, but the pin looked really good, and I was pretty naive about the idea of counterfeit pins at that point.
This year, I acquired another of these pins. On its proper backing card, in a tiny collection from a former-CM who "got a little caught up in pin trading when it first started, but never really got into it." So I have no doubt about its authenticity.
When the two pins are compared side-by-side, the coloring differences are apparent, but hard to photograph. The grey on the fake looks a little purplish, and the white on the fake is a little yellowish/ecru/cream. The most obvious differences are with the pinks. The fake is more baby pinks, the authentic is more rosey.
However, if you do not have them side by side...Right side of pin, on the roof section, directly to the left of the spire with the red flag. There are 2 small spires, and a roof piece above the blue shingles. On the fake this roof section is white, on the authentic it is yellow. Also, the spire to the right of the tallest section, also has some white where it should be yellow.
On the back of the pin, the gold metal seems slightly different in color. The authentic seems to be a more yellowish gold, but really hard to tell. But the more obvious sign is that in the copyright/info box, the pin is very smooth. On the fake, there is a bunch of pitting around the dot in between the words month and January. - poohandtiggertoo
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