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BCRP: how do I know if my S/100 or S/200 bill is fake?  step by step guide

BCRP: how do I know if my S/100 or S/200 bill is fake? step by step guide

The Central Reserve Bank provides recommendations to recognize and differentiate a counterfeit bill of an authentic one. What are those characteristics?

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Who has not ever received a fake bill? Banknote counterfeiters and coins more and more improve the quality of their imitations, but there are some elements that are impossible to match. For this reason, the Central Reserve Bank has a campaign called “Touch, look and turn” that allows us to identify the bill we receive and even more so if it is for amounts such as S/100 or S/200. Next, we will tell you what are the characteristics to recognize a fraudulent ticket.

How to know if a S/100 bill is fake?

How to identify a fake S/100 bill?  Photo: Capture/Secure Change

How to identify a fake S/100 bill? Photo: Capture/Secure Change

  • Step 1 – Locate the Perfect Number Match – Many of the fake currency do not match that location. This is one of the easiest ways to verify if a S/100 bill is altered or not.
  • Step 2 – Check if the watermarks on the bill are sharp and well defined. It is common for counterfeit banknotes to have blurred watermarks.
  • Step 3: when you turn the S/100 bill, you will notice that the fish on the thread move; in forged threads this does not happen.
  • Step 4 – Once you check the back of the bill, a hidden number will appear at eye level.

How to recognize a fake S/200 bill?

Through his portal, the Central Reserve Bank of Peru (BCRP) provides some recommendations to identify the security features of a real S/200 bill. They are the following:

S/200 bill, with the image of Santa Rosa de Lima.  Photo: capture/BCRP

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S/200 bill, with the image of Santa Rosa de Lima. Photo: capture/BCRP

  • Watermark: when holding the bill up to the light, three images will appear: the face of Santa Rosa de Lima, the number 200 and the silhouette of part of an archway.
  • Moving Shaped String: Once you slightly twist the bill, the fish shapes on the string move from right to left or top to bottom.
  • Ink that changes colour: when the banknote is placed at eye level, the number 200 will be appreciated in copper colour. In the same way, turning it slightly changes the color to green.
  • Hidden number: it is an element that does not appear with the naked eye, but only when turning the bill at eye level. When you do, the number 200 will appear.
  • Microprints: this mark can only be read with the help of a magnifying glass and three microprinted texts are located: BCRP, PERÚ and 200.
  • Fluorescent printing: under ultraviolet light the fibrils, the BCRP text and an image showing two fluorescent colors printed in register are visualized.
  • Perfect registration: on the obverse side of the paper money, the incomplete number 200 can be distinguished in ocher. Likewise, on the back, the number 200, also incomplete, can be seen in gray. However, when holding the bill up to the light, the number 200 will be seen in its entirety.

Source: Larepublica

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