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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, Committee on Technologies to Deter Currency Counterfeiting

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S. Department of the Treasury, and foreign law enforcement agencies to pursue counterfeiters. S. banknotes below that of other major currencies.

Although these limitations undoubtedly deter casual counterfeiting, they are not foolproof against a determined hacker. Thus, technology stoppers, even when well implemented, are not a panacea, and if  For example, see Appendix E, Table E-1. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. S. S. Banknotes TABLE 2-6 Committee’s Analysis of the Usefulness of Current Security Features in Deterring Counterfeiting, Evaluated by Class of Counterfeiter Feature Human perceptible Substrate Tactility (or feel) Watermark Security strip Intaglio printing Offset color blending Optically variable ink Intaglio microprinting Offset microprinting Colored threads Machine readable Paper fluorescence Magnetic ink feature Magnetic ink pattern Metameric inks Digital watermark Digital Banknote Detection System Fluorescent security strip Primitive Opportunist Petty Criminal ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Professional Criminal StateSponsored ● ● ● ● NOTE: Human-perceptible features are those that can be verified using normal sight and touch.

25 24 Some 25 J. home insurance policies insure against losses due to accepting counterfeit currency. Haslop, De La Rue. 2005. Presentation to this committee, July 21. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. S. S. Banknotes Human Detection of Counterfeits: Visual and Tactile Effectiveness The most striking visual feature of an FRN is the portrait on the front of the note. It is the largest single feature, and because it is a human face, many people find it easy to recognize small changes in its proportions or coloring.

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