Tuesday, February 23, 2016

7 ways to detect Counterfeit Money

Here's some helpful information that you can make use of in your historical novels. Counterfeiting it happened back then just as it does today.

COUNTERFEIT MONEY.—Seven Rules For Detecting.
First—Examine the form and features of all human figures on the notes. If the forms are graceful and features distinct, examine the drapery—see if the folds lie natural; and the hair of the head should be observed, and see if the fine strands can be seen.

Second.—Examine the lettering, the title of the bank, or the round handwriting on the face of the note. On all genuine bills, the work is done with great skill and perfect- ness, and there has never been a counterfeit but was defect^ ive in the lettering.

Third.—The imprint, or engraver's name. By observing the great perfection of the different company names- in the evenness and shape of the fine letters, counterfeiters never get the imprint perfect. This rule alone, if strictly observed, will detect every counterfeit note in existence.

Fourth.—The shading in the back-ground of the vignette, or over or around the letters forming the name of the bank, on a good bill is even and perfect, on a counterfeit is irregular and imperfect.

Fifth.—Examine well the figures on the other parts of the note, containing the denomination, also the letters. Exturine well the die work around the figures which stand for the denomination, to see if it is of the same character as chat which forms the ornamental work surrounding it.

Sixth.—Never take a bill that is deficient in any of the above points, and if your impression is bad when you first see it, you had better be careful how you become convinced to change your mind—whether your opinion is not altered as you become confused in looking into the texture of the workmanship of the bill.

Seventh.—Examine the name of the State, name of the bank, and name of the town where it is located. If it has been altered from a broken bank, the defects can plainly be seen, as the alteration will show that it has been stamped on.
Source: Dr. Chase's Recipes ©1866

1 comment:

  1. It is important for readers to note that up to this point in history there had been no national currency. Each bank printed their own notes and were regularly counterfeited. At the time of the Secret Service's creation in 1865 nearly 1/2 of all notes in circulation were counterfeit. The Secret Service's job was to stop counterfeiters and grow confidence in the new National currency created shortly after their formation. The Treasury Department regularly printed notices of the latest counterfeits for purposes of identification. These can actually be found by looking at the New York Times online archives. By the end of the 19th century, counterfeiting was no longer a major crime. (Just an overview of the research I did for my current novel.) If you are interested in reading the first person a counts of the early Secret Service, Andrew Drummonds, former Secret Service Chief, published articles that were later compiled into a book called Detective Stories.