A man has been jailed for trying to smuggle 450,000 fake £1 coins into the UK.
Edward Magill conspired with lorry driver William Turnbull to transport the counterfeit money from the Netherlands.
The plot was foiled when the driver's flat-bed trailer was stopped by border control at North Shields ferry terminal in December 2012.
Officers found the coins hidden underneath metal washers inside six barrels.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that the coins had been illegally made at the European Central Mint in Westpoort, Amsterdam.
Magill, 55, from Newry in Northern Ireland, received a 50-month sentence on Friday after being found guilty of conspiring to import fake currency.
Turbull, from Haltwhistle in Northumberland, was given 20 months after a separate trial in 2015.
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