The Zimbabwean banknotes of 100 trillion dollars (ZWN100,000,000,000,000.1,) originally issued in 2009 lost all monetary value, but became collector’s items.
Marketing and speculation has sent their price from a few U.S. dollars each to over USD100.00.
Now some enterprising persons have produced forgeries. The one we publish today thankfully is very easy to spot. The main details are:
Size: 148 x 74 mm for the genuine one; 149.5 x 72.5 for the forged ones.
Printing: the original ones are lithographed, with very clear background lines; the plates for the forgeries are made by four color color process, with the illusion of neat lines is made by dots, which are visible using a simple magnifying glass.
Serial numbers: They lack clarity in their borders, and the last three digits are separated, which indicate that two number blocks were used, instead of a numbering machine.
Optical variable ink eagle at lower right of front: Does not change color when tilted.
Color: the color of the forged notes is a cleaner blue in the good ones.
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