The chemistry of cash


This pretty much applies to U.S. currency as well:

United States currency paper is composed of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen. This is what gives United States currency its distinct look and feel. For denominations of $5 and above, the security thread, and portrait or numberal watermarks are already built into the paper when it is received. For the $100 note, a 6mm wide 3-D security ribbon is woven into the paper.  Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon.  You will see the bells change to 100s as they move.  When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side.  When you tilt it side to side, they move up and down.  This adds a highly advanced level of security to the note.

All bills, regardless of denomination, utilize green ink on the backs. Faces, on the other hand, use black ink, color-shifting ink in the lower right hand corner for the $10 denominations and higher, and metallic ink for the freedom icons on redesigned $10, $20, and $50 bills. The $100 note’s “bell in the inkwell” freedom icon uses color-shifting ink. These and the other inks appearing on U.S. currency are specially formulated and blended by the BEP. Inks headed for BEP presses also undergo continual quality testing.

So paper money really isn’t paper at all? It’s what they make shirts out of!


1 thought on “The chemistry of cash

  1. My neighbor is a retired Secret Service agent and recreational bird watcher. He observed how the wings of blackbirds appeared to change color from different angles. One of the security measures now incorporates his observance/idea.
    On a side note, he worked detail for Carter through G. W. Bush; He says Reagan was the nicest (very personable)and Mrs. Clinton the most unpleasant. I bet she was during that time.

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