to Spot Counterfeit US Dollars
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easiest way to spot a forgery is to have a currency note that you know
to be genuine as a point of reference. Compare the other notes to the
carefully at the paper. The currency note should have blue and red
fibers embedded in the paper. If the red and blue markings appear to
be printed on the surface of the paper you should regard it with
at the portrait. The portrait on a forgery will probably look fairly
flat and lifeless when compared to a genuine note. In genuine notes
the portrait stands out distinctly from the background.
examine the serial numbers. Each note should have a different number.
Genuine currency has serial numbers that are evenly spaced, on the
same line, and in a distinct style. On genuine notes the serial
numbers are printed in the same colour as the treasury seal.
the federal reserve and treasury seals. The edges should be even,
clear, sharp and distinct.
at the border of the note. The fine lines should be unbroken and
This list should not be taken
as containing every single indicator. You are advised to obtain literature
from the USA Treasury if you handle US dollars regularly or if your
exposure to forgeries could be significant.
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