MADRID police have raided three home-workshops where false two euro coins were crafted.
Three people were arrested who allegedly created imitation coins in their homes using camping gas canisters and tools.
Police suspect the three produced about 12,000 coins per month over a period of five years. One of the things the false coins were used for was buying transport tickets from vending machines. The coins were close enough matches to the real thing for the machines not to detect that they were false.
The three arrested had previous police records, one for faking 500 peseta coins.
During simultaneous searches of the three properties, 8,000 fake coins were confiscated.