Discussion in 'Paper Money' started by ValpoBeginner, Apr 19, 2017.


What do you think?

  1. Effective Security Devices

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  2. Ineffective Security Devices

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  3. Great looking notes under UV light regardless of condition.

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  4. Condition and UV light make these note highly desirable.

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  1. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter


    You may use a blacklight or;
    Preferably a Ultra Violet Light of the spectrum wavelength of 365 nm-400nm

    It has to be a note with ultraviolet security features or;

    a note that has been cleaned or somehow exposed to a chemical and therefore shows the chemical agent only under UV light, (in this case ONLY you may post the original note under normal lighting conditions to show how deceptive the note looked before UV exposure).

    Any other fiduciary instrument with UV security features... ie... lottery ticket, stock certificate, or Checks (please no paychecks, credit cards, or income Tax refunds, or anything else you may not want to reveal)


    Please take photos of the bill on surrounding material that does not reflect UV light.... for example white paper with optical brighteners within it.

    Attempt to take photos in a sufficiently darkened space.

    Please DO NOT irradiate yourself... only use 365nm to 400nm WvL light
    That's all.....

    I'll go first....

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  3. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Well-Known Member

    I have too many and they won`t photograph properly when using a UV torch as lighting.
    However did you know that these new notes especially the British £5 polymer and the latest £50 will not scan using a new scanner.
    I get this message up when trying to scan with my epson

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  4. Dave M

    Dave M Francophiliac

    It's the drivers, not the scanner itself, that does this, so different software is what you need. Try out VueScan (I think they have a demo version you can test for free before you buy). I've been using it for years to scan banknotes.
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  5. Dave M

    Dave M Francophiliac

    surinam-P-24B-u.JPG Here's a UV image I like
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  6. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    I read somewhere that at one time the British Pound was the most counterfeited note in the world. I actually think that it is cool that they won't scan.

    Other problems with the Pound: The new £5 NOTE caused an uproar with animal rights activists because it uses animal fat in the making of its polymer.....

    I wonder why more countries don't use this animal fat, also called tallow, in their notes. Usually it just goes to waste. So why not use it. Perhaps the petrochemical industry has something to do with this.
  7. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    and After.....
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  8. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    You've got great technique with a camera and UV light!
  9. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    I think this one might be my favorite. I love lemurs, ever since anthropology in college. So That's the main reason I like it.
    By the way, that is a Ruffed Lemur on the branch.
    The plants are the Sissal plants of Madagascar.
  10. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Well-Known Member

    The £1 note ceased in 1984.
    The £1 coin was counterfeited a lot.
    New £1 coin just been issued, bi-metallic 12 sided with hologram.
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  11. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    Here is a one dollar web note, i keep because I like to show people what can happen if you trust someone who is unknown and little interest in keeping you as a customer.

    ONE Dolar Web Note 1988

    In this instance I bought this note from a dealer who I shall not name, when I was a newbie. It is a web press note, and I did pay about 12 dollars for it. Guess what happened here?

    (I'll give you a hint, the letters surrounding the S/N on this note expressed this seller's sentiment towards any customer that might win the auction.)

    I have a few mistakes from eBay from about 6 years ago when I first started my collection. It is a "way" to learn.
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  12. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    This is a CU, CRISP UNCIRCULATED, web note from 1993 under UV. Not much has changed since then, ones still do not reflect any UV light from the spectrum specified above.

  13. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    I suspect one of two things happened with the 1988 Web Press note: It got washed with some clothes folded up in someone's pocket, or someone went swimming with it in their swim trunks...

    Detergent shows up quite brightly under UV light, and chlorine can also brighten a note to the point of showing up under UV. Okay I'm going out to dinner this evening. I'm glad that interest was shown in this thread, as any paper money enthusiast should be evaluating his collection without UV light or a TPG.
  14. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Ugh. I have a shortwave (254nm) UV lamp, a longwave CF UV lamp, and two UV transilluminators (like a light-box, but backlighting flat subjects with very bright UV light). What I don't have is any interesting notes. :(
  15. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    How about a regular old lotto ticket....? Non scratch off.
  16. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    a modern lottery ticket.... 5, 10, 20, 50, and even modern 100'S have different colored security threads in them only when viewed under UV. I only posted that "Rule", so that people didn't try using ionizing UV radiation. That would be cool to show under UV especially if you can find one with the wrong colored thread in it.... it happens

    I'd love to see what 250 nm looks like!
  17. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    no real surprise on this one.
  18. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I'll try to find time to dig out one of the transilluminators (and the 254nm "flashlight") this weekend. Might not be able to image anything more interesting than a $5 and a $20, but I'll see what I can do.
  19. Dave L

    Dave L Junior Member

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  20. ValpoBeginner

    ValpoBeginner Well Known Supporter

    wow.... some really cool notes posted there... Thanks for sharing with us. It would be cool if you can post some on here but, absolutely no rush, I have not set a time expriration for this thread.
  21. Dave L

    Dave L Junior Member

    Here's some better - larger images. I'll see if I can get some more too.


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