KNOW YOUR MONEY
Every year the public is victimized by the counterfeiting of United States currency
and other U.S. obligations.
Those who fail to carefully examine the money they receive or who cash checks
and bonds without requesting proper identification are potential victims. Only
with the public's cooperation can the United States Secret Service reduce and
prevent these crimes.
This site is designed to help you detect counterfeit currency and guard
against forgery loss.
Table Of Contents
- History of United States Currency
- Characteristics of United States Paper Currency
- Design Features Which Vary On Genuine Currency
- Positions of Important Features
- Portraits and Back Designs on Other Paper Currency
- Design Features For Series 1990-1995 Issued Currency
- Design Features For Series 1996-2003A Issued Currency
- Design Features For Series 2004-2004A Issued Currency
- When Money Is Damaged or Wears Out
- Advanced Technologies in Counterfeiting
- How to Detect Counterfeit Money
- Raised Notes
- Counterfeit Coins
- Illustration of Currency, Checks or Other
- Security Features of U.S. Treasury Checks
- Altered Government Checks
- If you Suspect a Note is Counterfeit
- It's The Law
- Counterfeit Note Report Form (.pdf)
- Know Your Money Poster (April 2008)
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For more information on United States currency, visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
web site at http://www.moneyfactory.gov/.