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News of fake notes. 2010

News of fake notes. 2010
United States redesigns $ 100 bills to prevent counterfeiting

The representatives of the Treasury departments, the Federal Reserve and the US Secret Service, with Timothy Geithner and Ben Bernanke at the helm, have presented the new design of the $ 100 bill, which, while maintaining its traditional appearance, incorporates the most advanced technology against counterfeiting.

According to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, "as in previous redesigns of the US currency, this bill incorporates the best available technology to ensure we are one step ahead of counterfeiters."
In the words of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, "when the new design of the $ 100 note goes into circulation on February 10, 2011, the approximately $ 6.5 billion of $ 100 bills still in circulation will remain in legal tender" .

Bernanke added that "users of the US currency should know that it will not be necessary to change the old design tickets when the new ones begin to circulate".

Advanced techniques

The new design incorporates two new advanced anti-fraud security techniques.
They are easy to detect and guarantee authenticity quickly.

    The first is a 3-D blue strip on the front that contains images of bells and numbers 100 that move when the ticket is tilted.
    The second is a bell in the inkwell also on the previous one of the bill and that changes color copper to green when tilting the bill.

On April 21, the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve and the Secret Service of the United States presented a new $ 100 bill with new security features. The new version is the most sophisticated attempt so far to combat counterfeit paper money, but the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal raises the question of how long it will take the criminals to decipher their secrets.

Recently, at a ceremony attended by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the US government presented a high-tech $ 100 bill designed to thwart the century's counterfeiters. XXI. It includes the pleasant pastel colors that have already been seen in less valuable specimens and a 'ghost' image of a feather and an inkwell that contains a bell that is visible according to the angle from which one looks.

The most striking feature of the new design is that the front of the ticket includes a purple vertical bar that reflects bright images with the number "100" and the Liberty Bell (symbol of the independence of the USA), which seem to vary position when the bill is tilted, indicates the rotary.

The current version has attracted the attention of numerous forgers, heirs of those who for several centuries have tried to find a way to duplicate the ticket in the most efficient and exact way possible.

Since the colonial era, the dollar has borne numerous forgeries. The first national banknotes, designed by Benjamin Franklin, whose face appears on the current $ 100 bills, were falsified by the British, who wanted to undermine the American revolution. After an intense counterfeiting activity during the first decades of the 19th century, some of the security barriers that still exist today, such as watermarks, were designed.

After World War II, there were few successful counterfeiting attempts and the appearance of the $ 100 bill had hardly changed. At the end of the eighties, the so-called 'Super Dollar' appeared, a high precision falsification that perplexed researchers and whose origin was aimed at North Korea. These 'superbillets' motivated the first major reform of paper money in decades.

The first big change came with the presentation of the new $ 100 bill in 1996, which included the design of the 'big head' that has since become the standard, along with watermarks and ink that changes color . But the latest version of the $ 100 bill presented last month is another level of sophistication.

The central point of the new design is based on optical effects, thousands of lenses that combine to create a single larger image. When the banknote is tilted at one angle or another, the strip 'comes alive' and makes it look as if the images could move.

The technology is called Motion. Crane, the papermaker who owns the technology rights, says that "represents the next generation of deterrence to counterfeiting." Unlike some of the first-generation measures - hue that changes color, for example - Motion's 'magic' works even in dimly lit places, like nightclubs.

The new ticket is a technological marvel. It seems 'safe', but that same abundance of security blocks suggests that counterfeiters have had considerable success when it comes to skipping them on previous occasions.

Crane promises that Motion technology will impose "tremendous barriers against quality counterfeiting." But it is a sure bet that somewhere in the world the forgers are studying the new ticket, looking to decipher its secrets. It is possible that someday they will achieve it.

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