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How To Detect Counterfeit Money

In the space at disposal here, it is impossible of course to give a

complete illustrated counterfeit detector, but the following simple

rules, laid down by Bank Note Examiner Geo. R. Baker, will be found

extremely valuable:

Examine the form and features of all human figures: if graceful, and

features distinct, examine the drapery. Notice whether the folds lie

naturally, and observe whether the fine strand
of the hair are plain

and distinct.

Examine the lettering. In a genuine bill is absolutely perfect. There

has never been a counterfeit put out but was more or less defective in

the lettering.

Counterfeiters rarely, if ever, get the imprint or engraver's name

perfect. The shading in the background of the vignette and over and

around the letters forming the name of the bank, on a good bill, is even

and perfect; on a counterfeit, it is uneven and imperfect.

The die work around the figures of the denomination should be of the

same character as the ornamental work surrounding it.

Never take a bill deficient in any of these points.

Big Trees.--Of ninety-two redwood trees in Calaveras Grove, Cal., ten

are over thirty feet in diameter, and eighty-two have a diameter of from

fifteen to thirty feet. Their ages are estimated at from 1,000 to 3,500

years. Their height ranges from 150 to 237 feet.