United States Secret Service

For further information on currency and the role of the U.S. Secret Service,
please browse their website at the address shown below. The author,
U.S. Secret Service, government of the United States of America,
and the tax-paying citizens of America thank you for your
cooperation and efforts in knowing your money
and doing your part in combating the
crime of "Counterfeiting"
in the world today.

United States Secret Service
950 H. Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
20223
www.secretservice.gov

Money Facts

By knowing your money, you can assist in curbing the crime of counterfeiting, which costs the U.S. Government and the American citizens, billions of dollars annually. Here you will find a few of the security features which are implemented at the time of manufacture.

  • Paper: Currency paper is created using 22 lb. stock. This paper does not exist commercially.
  • Ink: The ink used to print currency never dries. The ink can indefinitely be transferred to a clean piece of white paper for test purposes. This transfer will not result with typical printing inks.
  • Polyester Fibers: These little blue & red fibers can be seen without magnification. They exist mainly in genuine currency paper produced by Crane Paper Company in Dalton, Massachusetts.
  • Raised Ink: This unique feature is a result found only by the use of Intaglio printing presses. These presses cost millions of dollars, and use genuine engraved stainless-steel printing plates.
  • Paper Content:  The formula used in the manufacture of currency paper is "Top Secret..." right down to the content. There are mixed facts as to its make-up. The closest speculation is that it is made of 75% cotton and 25% linen. It has a unique texture. It's durable and water-resistant.
  • Polymer Strip: This piece of polymer is placed into the paper at the time of manufacture. It can be removed; though unlawful to do so. The strip is placed vertcally, and is 1/16" w x 2 3/4" h. When the strip is exposed to certain spectrums of light, it glows different colors, depending on the bill' denomination. The strip is placed in different locations determined by the denomination.
  • Watermark:  The watermark is a ghostly image of the President/Statesman' portrait... set just to the right of the portrait itself. The watermark can be seen in almost any light source. It is nearly impossible to reproduce.

Federal Warning !!!

Counterfeiting is a serious crime throughout the world. If you participate in this criminal misconduct and United States Currency is involved, you will face Long Term Imprisonment if you are caught: especially within the United States and/or its territories.

Counterfeiting is a Federal Crime. Under the guidelines of United States Code (U.S.C.), a federal prisoner must serve at least eighty-five percent (85%) of his/her total sentence before they can be considered for release from imprisonment.

The act of Counterfeiting carries up to three (3) separate charges; each allows for the maximum of terms as stated herein. These punishments have been set-forth by the U.S. Sentencing Commission and are approved by the U.S. Attorney General. They are strictly enforced by the sovereign powers of the United States of America. The United States Secret Service is responsible for investigative services.

Conspiracy To Counterfeit U.S. Currency: Title 18, U.S.C., Section 371: Class "D" Felony. Punishment: 0-5 Years Imprisonment. $250,000.00 Fine.

Manufacture Of Counterfeit U.S. Currency: Title 18, U.S.C., Section 471: Class "C" Felony. Punishment: 0-5 Years imprisonment. $250,000.00 Fine.

Possession/Passing Counterfeit U.S. Currency: Title 18, U.S.C., Section 471: Class "C" Felony. Punishment: 0-15 Years Imprisonment. $750,000.00 Fine.

Max Sentence Allowed Under Title 18 U.S.C.: Punishment: 0-25 Years Imprisonment. $1,250,000.00 Fine.