One in every 100 dollar bills in circulation is false. Do not be fooled. Although there are very well made fakes, you can know if your dollars are original by following eight tips. Fake dollars continue to circulate in the market despite the technology and security mechanisms available to the US government.
Do not let yourself get caught up in a hare. When you go to buy dollars, do it in a house of exchange. If you do it on the black market you are likely to end up with fake dollars. Find here eight tips that can help you recognize if you are really receiving an original ticket.
1. Feel the texture
The first thing you should do is touch the ticket. When it comes to counterfeit notes, the paper used is of lower quality. Generally, these are covered with paraffin so that they acquire a greater roughness. However, the originals are rougher and, on account of the wax, the fakes have a more “greasy” texture than the original notes.
2. Observe the colors
The combination of colors of real notes is very difficult to copy due to the contrasts that handle between pale and bright colors. For the most part, fake ones tend to have a brighter green. In addition, the low quality of the paper causes them to lose their color with use. It may be that by rubbing fakes on a white paper they fade, leaving a little green on the paper.
3. Look at the portrait
In the original notes, the characters’ features are carefully defined. If you compare, you will find that in fake notes, the face does not have as many details, the wrinkles are not marked and the edges are not well defined which causes the faces of these heroes to be lost with the background.
4. Check for watermark
If you are still not sure, keep in mind that in the originals you should see the clear image of the face of the character on the ticket. This image preserves all the details of the face: the nose, eyebrows, eyes, and mouth are clearly defined. There should not be fine lines around the head. The watermark must be seen on both sides of the bill.
5. Look at the numerical value (bottom right)
The number value in the lower right corner changes color. It goes from black to green and in the latest designs, it goes from copper to green. This value, like the text “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, must be in high relief.
6. Examine the serial numbers
The serial numbers are in the same color as the Treasury seal. In fake notes, the numbers may not be perfectly spaced or aligned.
7. Look for the security thread
The original bills have a security thread that should be seen as a vertical silver line that bears the expression “USA” followed by the denomination of the ticket. For example, “100 USA 100 USA” appears on the US $ 100 bill.
8. Observe the color fibers in the paper
True banknotes have small red or blue fibers. The forgers mimic them by printing them or drawing them on paper but remember that these fibers are part of the paper.