When you think about it, our money is pretty strange. It’s just pieces of paper with pictures of dead presidents on them. And yet, for some reason, we all agree that this paper is worth $50. That’s pretty amazing when you think about it.
But there are people out there who don’t play by the rules. They print their own fake money and try to pass it off as the real thing.
So, how can you spot a counterfeit $50 bill? Here are a few things to look for:
The paper: Counterfeiters often use paper that is thinner than the paper used for real bills.
The printing: Fake bills often have printing that is not as sharp as the printing on real bills.
The ink: The ink on a real bill will be slightly raised.
The security thread: Real bills have a security thread that runs from top to bottom on the right side of the bill. Counterfeits often don’t have a security thread or have a thread that is not in the right place.
The watermark: Real bills have a watermark of the person whose portrait is on the bill. You can hold the bill up to the light to see the watermark. Counterfeits often don’t have a watermark.
If you think you’ve spotted a counterfeit bill, the best thing to do is to take it to your local police department or the Secret Service. They’ll be able to tell you for sure if it’s real or fake.
When you’re at the store and you hand the cashier a $50 bill, how do you know if it’s real? There are a few things you can look for to spot a counterfeit $50 bill:
The first thing to look for is the watermark. Hold the bill up to the light and look for a watermark of President Ulysses S. Grant. If you don’t see the watermark, or if the watermark is not clear, then the bill is most likely fake.
Next, look at the security thread. Hold the bill up to the light and look for a thin, vertical stripe running from top to bottom on the right side of the bill. The thread should be embedded in the paper and should be difficult to fake. If you don’t see the security thread, or if the thread is not embedded in the paper, then the bill is fake.
Finally, look at the color-shifting ink on the numeral 50 in the lower right hand corner of the bill. Tilt the bill back and forth and watch the color of the ink change from green to black. If the ink does not change color, then the bill is fake.
If you are ever unsure whether a bill is real or fake, you can always ask the cashier to check it with a counterfeit detector pen.