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Do you even know how to determine whether or not currency is counterfeit According to the Federal Reserve Because US currency is universally accepted and trusted it is widely counterfeited Many people have attempted to copy the patterns of US currency in an effort to create their own counterfeit money Therefore everyone should have a basic knowledge of the safety features of money in order to protect yourself from getting counterfeit bills and risk losing any money Recently new safety features have been created to make counterfeiting more difficult In 1996 the US decided to begin issuing new Federal Reserve Notes starting with the 100 bill and has since issued new Federal Reserve Notes for lower denominations at the rate of one denomination per year I will concentrate on the safety features of the new 100 bills since these are the bills that were reissued first The new 100 bills have many safety features both new and old designed to prevent counterfeiting The old safety features include the paper and ink that is used in printing the currency These features remain the same because changing them would not enhance security First of all money is printed on a cotton and linen rag paper that contains many tiny red and blue fibers and has a very distinct texture This paper is produced by a commercial company however it is illegal for anyone else to manufacture or use this special type of paper Second the Bureau of Engraving and Printing uses a secret formula to manufacture a special type of ink that is used in printing the 100 bills Black ink is used on the front of the 100 bill and green ink is used on the back Next the new 100 bills contain safety features that were used previously but have now been modified or slightly changed First an additional letter has been added to the serial numbers that appear in the upper left and lower
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