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The prankster being sought by cops after he forged Swedish coins branding the country's King Carl Gustav a "whore-monger" has given an anonymous newspaper interview.
Royal fans flipped when the coins - almost identical to the real thing - appeared with an altered motto reading, "Var horkarl till Kung", which translates as "Our whore-monger of a King."
The recent biography of the king detailed sex parties staged for him and his friends by Mille Markovic, a Serbian gangster, and a steamy fling with Nigerian-Swedish singer Camilla Henemark.
But now the unnamed artist, who showed the newspaper how he made the coins to prove he was the faker, has admitted he had not realised what a reaction it would bring, including the fact that he was being sought by police in Stockholm for defacing the coinage of the land.
He said: "I know my name will come out - I can't hide forever - but at the moment I just wanted to put my side of the story and explain that it was part of an art project."
Currency officials have revealed that the forgeries were constructed from genuine one Krona coins which had been hollowed out to allow a new motto to be inserted.
The artist did not say how many coins he had modified but the fakes are already changing hands on the internet for hundreds of times their face value, and two examples have even gone on display in a Swedish Museum.
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