THE NEW COLOR OF MONEY
THE NEW COLOR OF MONEY
2006-01-17 at 9:49:00 am #13747
the new color of money
$10 bill gets a face-lift
PORT — In today’s high-tech world, many who have access to a good
scanner, printer, and image-editing software have the ability to print
their own money.
Therefore, the U.S. government, in its fight to
safeguard its currency, has announced a new look for the $10 bill,
which will start circulating on March 2.
New $20 and $50 notes were introduced in 2003 and 2004, and the new $10 bill will incorporate similar security features.
weeks ago a news report claimed that Tampa is starting to see an
increase in counterfeit bills in the $10 and $20 denominations. They
are cashed in places that are either dark, such as bars and
restaurants, or in busy places, such as retail stores.
In each case, the cashier tested the bill with a special marker and it tested good. How can that be?
to the U.S. Secret Service, counterfeiting is still done the “old
fashion way:” by bleaching $1 or $5 bills, and printing on the bleached
paper a higher denomination. In addition, color copier machines or
scanners and an inkjet printer can print near-perfect fakes.
counterfeiters are increasingly turning to digital methods, as advances
in technology make counterfeiting money easier and cheaper. In 1995,
for example, less than one percent of counterfeit notes detected in the
U.S. were digitally produced. By 2002, that number had grown to nearly
40 percent, according to the U.S. Secret Service.
However, the old bills that do not have the new technology may still be the target of counterfeiters.
Port has only had six cases involving counterfeiting,” said North Port
Police Capt. Robert Estrada, noting most of them involved checks or
“I cannot remember the last time we had a bill come to
us,” he said, adding that any counterfeit bills are sent directly to
the U.S. Secret Service.
Secret Service Director W. Ralph Basham credits a combination of factors in keeping counterfeiting low.
worldwide cooperation in law enforcement, improvements in currency
design like those in the new $20 notes, and a better-informed public
all contribute to our success in the fight against counterfeiting,”
Basham said in a press release.
In 2004, the Secret Service reported
it made 2,979 counterfeiting-related arrests in the U.S., and seized
about $88.7 million in bogus money. Thirty-six percent of counterfeit
money was produced outside the United States, according to the Secret
To protect your hard-earned money, the U.S. government
expects to redesign its currency every seven to ten years.
Counterfeiting of U.S. currency has been kept at low levels through a
combination of improvements in security features, aggressive law
enforcement and education efforts to inform the public about how to
check their currency.
SECURITY FEATURES OF THE NEW BILLS
redesigned notes keep three of the most important security features
that were first introduced in the 1990s and are easy to check:
color-shifting ink, watermark and security thread.
your bill to check that the numeral in the lower right-hand corner on
the face of the note changes color from copper to green. The color
shift is more dramatic on the redesigned notes, making it even easier
for people to check their money.
Hold your bill up to
the light to look for a faint image, similar to the large portrait. On
the new $10 bill, you should see an image of Treasury Secretary
Alexander Hamilton appearing to the right of his large portrait. It can
be seen from both sides of the note. On the redesigned $10 note, a
blank oval has been incorporated into the design to highlight the
Hold your bill up to the
light and make sure there’s a small strip embedded in the paper. The
words “USA TEN”, or “USA TWENTY” (depending on denomination) and a
small flag are visible in tiny print. It runs vertically to the right
of the portrait and can be seen from both sides of the note. This
thread glows orange when held under ultraviolet light.