While I had a $100 bill in my hand I thought about making a copy of the front and have a little fun with the grandkids and some friends. I scanned the bill on my EpsonV550 and waited for a few seconds to view the screen. What came up was "YOU CANNOT COPY A BANK NOTE". Ok...smart machine! Took out my iphone and took a picture to treat it as a photo. Downloaded into my folder for pictures and told my printer to print (Cannon Pro100). Across my screen came the message -"YOU CANNOT PRINT A BANKNOTE". Oh well...so much for that idea. I only wanted to print the front. Smart machines these days.
Loc: American Free States -- Montana
Funny! What if you said "Alexa, print!" Would it call the T Men?
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Since I have a new Epson V850 PRO and Windows 10 the pair would probably call the Secret Service on me.
Indeed some copy machines will not allow the reproduction of currency but others will. I worked with a college that copied cash payments in order to record the serial numbers. What they did could be considered as counterfeiting.
Years ago I worked for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington. It is sometimes permissible to copy currency provided only one side is copied and the reproduction is < 75% or > 150% of the original. It is also safer to copy portions of one side. B&W copying is safer. Many countries have currency that cannot be copied faithfully. The old Canadian $1 bills when copied would show gray blotches over the back side which was largely green. In modern US currency there are many features perhaps invisible to you that cannot copied.
Photocopied counterfeits are easy to detect. The Secret Service has very large agents with equally large guns. You do not want them to visit you. I saw them in action once. Once is enough.
Would be interesting to see what the scanner does with foreign currencies. Perhaps I'll give it a try with Euros and other currencies next time I power up my Epson V550.
Loc: Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.
Did you want something that looked more realistic to mess with for the grandkids? If not I was just going to mention that with it being around Easter, Russell Stover's chocolates always puts out bars that have a very fake printed money on the cardboard wrapper around the bar and an Easter Bunny in the middle. You could always grab one of those and see if it would copy and then photoshop it to your hearts content. I feel like they did a million dollar bill cardboard wrapper once with a President on it because I think I cut it out and used it as a book mark for awhile. Might be fun to explore and see just how far the copier would go in what it thought could be an actual bank note.
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They started putting software into scanners and copiers to prevent the copying of currency several years ago because the resolution of both devices had improved to the point that realistic copies could be produced...although not the high tech security features like micro-printing, security threads and watermarks.
When my youngest brother got married about 10 years ago I was able to scan a $100 bill and use Paint Shop Pro to remove Ben's portrait and insert a pic of my brother and his wife that I took at the wedding. I then made an oversize print and gave it to them. They thought it was way cool.
This reminds me of an episode of Beavis and Butthead I saw once. They went to the local drugstore to use the copy machine to make copies of money that they figured they could then spend. Butthead made copies of a $1 bill...while the even dumber Beavis made copies of nickels.
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I copied a £5.00 note on the photocopier many years back and gave it to a girl in the office who was taking deposits for a Christmas lunch. 2 days later she came back telling me it was only printed on one side and still hadn't noticed it was black and white!
Makes me wonder if it is a company thing or some industry requirement.
This must be a new software development in the scanner/copier industry, as I worked on the currency processing machines at the Federal Reserve for 20 years and photo-copies were by and large the most common counterfeits that my machines spit out for manual inspection. It never ceased to amaze me that anyone would risk Federal prison by copying a $1.00 note, but we got them all the time! The larger denoms were often copied as well, but easily identified. In any case, it's probably a good thing that this software is now in use, because changing notes to make them harder to counterfeit is an expensive proposition for the Fed. (ie. several new varieties of the $100.00 bill over the past few years.)
I think when I tried it I could not use the photo copy function of my printer but I could scan it in then print it. They are getting better at stopping it all the time. I read that it is the money of all G7 countries that are stopped
As a kid, we would hang around a home building site. I collected the metal plugs knocked out of electrical boxes. Glued down some paper overlays to mimic the 5 cent piece. It was fun trying to fool even younger kids--no danger of the Fed's getting involved.
Years ago someone put out one sided 3 dollar bills with a picture of Bill Clinton. In the cafeteria at work I gave one of these to the girl behind the counter to pay for a donut. She promptly gave me change for the purchase. I quickly pulled a five from my wallet and told her it was a joke . I didn't want to go to jail for 3 dollars. What person thinks a 3 dollar bill is real?
I just photocopied UK, Thai, and Romanian money on my Brother. Worked pretty well. Since shredded. I had one of those Trump 2020 fake bills that I tried to copy....no dice. I'm sure there's a joke here but I'll leave politics out of it.
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