\u00a9 2021 wikiHow, Inc. All rights reserved. Every dollar contributed enables us to keep providing high-quality how-to help to people like you. Depending on the sophistication of the design and printing technology a counterfeiter is using, the lines and points on a bill may be unclear and/or blurry. The man seated at the central table is John Hancock and the man standing next to him is Charles Thomson. However, as mentioned above, technology has advanced and become ubiquitous enough that producing a counterfeit bill with distinct and unbroken lines is easier and cheaper than ever – which is why you also need to perform the next step: The third step is to place the bill under a ultraviolet (UV) light source to make sure that the paper itself does not glow. As mentioned above, each older denomination has raised printing as a security feature. The rarity of these types of instances means it is much more efficient to have the Treasury or financial institution authenticate the note than to authenticate the note yourself. The sheer amount of realistic counterfeit money finally prompted the government to redesign U.S. currency to include more security features, in order to make it hard to passably reproduce. Although it may be hard to see without the aid of a magnifying glass, there are 26 states listed along the two parallel roofs, just like the actual Lincoln Memorial. If the signatures of either the Treasurer of the United States and the Secretary of the Treasury do not match that of the series year, then the bill is counterfeit. What do I do to get reimbursed for a fake one hundred dollar bill? There are three components that have given the structure for the U.S. currency system as we know it today: Although the United States had been a country for close to a century at the time, the federal government didn’t officially start printing paper money (notes) until 1861, in order to fund the Civil War that had just begun without raising taxes. This article has been viewed 678,003 times. Legal tender means the banknotes that must be accepted as payment for both public and private debts. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.