as a regular handler of cash you can
avoid accepting counterfeit notes by becoming familiar with the security
features in currency all you need to do is feel the paper, tilt the note, and
check with light let’s take a look at some easy to use
security features in the $20 note you’ll also find these features on other
current style denominations feel the paper, move your finger across the note
it should feel slightly rough to the touch as a result of the printing
process and the unique composition of the paper. Tilt the note, denominations $10 and
higher have color shifting ink in the numeral on the lower right corner of the
note. On the current style of notes, the color should change from copper to green. The
current style $100 note also includes two new security features that you can
check by tilting the note; the color shifting bell in the inkwell and the 3d
security ribbon. The 3d security ribbon contains images of the bells and 100s
that shift as you tilt the note. Check with light. Hold the note to light to
check the watermark and security threat which are incorporated into denominations
five dollars in higher the watermark and security thread should be
visible from both sides of the note when held to light. For denominations ten
dollars and higher, the watermark matches the portrait on the face of the banknote,
The most recent five-dollar note has two watermarks both of the numeral five. The
security threat appears in a different location for each denomination and glows
a unique color when exposed to UV light. To learn more about authenticating
banknotes explore the interactive notes and training module on uscurrency.gov