how to identify an old counterfeit $20 bill?

Discussion in 'XDTalk Chatter Box' started by sourpatch45, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Dec 20, 2008 #1
    sourpatch45

    sourpatch45 XDTalk 5K Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
    Messages:
    5,752
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Boise, ID (its boy-see NOT boy-zee!!!)
    Ratings:
    +19 / 0
    so i got a 1981 twenty the other day and it is in PERFECT condition. it just seems too nice to be real. its like a brand new bill. well i cant find any information on how to tell if its a counterfeit. all i seem to find is info on the new bills. i really dont think its a counterfeit but it just seems odd to be in such good condition for a 27 year old bill. im just curious about how to ID one,

    it also got me thinking that since the old bills are still accepted everywhere and would be much easier to make a fake, why wouldnt all the counterfeiters use them instead of the new ones.

    so if anyone has any info on how to ID this that would be great. i really dont want to use one of the markers because the bill is perfect and i plan on saving it so i dont want to put a mark on it.
    thank you
     
  2. Dec 20, 2008 #2
    Joeywhat

    Joeywhat XDTalk 5K Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    Messages:
    5,617
    Likes Received:
    38
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +40 / 0
    I don't think they used watermarks or anything back then...I'd say take it to a bank and ask for a new bill...don't ask if it's counterfeit. With any luck they'll take it and you won't be out $20.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it is a fake, though.
     
  3. Dec 20, 2008 #3
    Joeywhat

    Joeywhat XDTalk 5K Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    Messages:
    5,617
    Likes Received:
    38
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +40 / 0
  4. Dec 20, 2008 #4
    MGD 45

    MGD 45 XDTalk 1K Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,721
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Perry
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0
    I can't remember if it will have a $20 watermark or not, but check to see if it has a thin strip with the word "Twenty dollars". Hold it up to a light and you will see the strip. The best method is to actually look at the bill very closely under good light. If it was printed on actual US currency, it will have small squiggly blue & red "hair like" strands all over the bill. This cannot be faked by using any other "paper" products.....

    If all else fails.....take it to the bank!!
     
  5. Dec 20, 2008 #5
    mawnky

    mawnky XDTalk Newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2008
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
    Or put it under a black light. The strip will stand out quite a bit and you will be able to tell then, however I am not sure if the old bills have that strip. I know we have several older style bills in the house but I am not really sure of where they are so I wouldn't be able to check for you right now sorry. If you have a black light and different kinds of new bills available to you then check it out. Each denomination has a different colored strip once the black light hits it. Pretty neat.
     
  6. Dec 20, 2008 #6
    Montana

    Montana XDTalk Newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2008
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Moss Point, MS
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0
  7. Dec 20, 2008 #7
    Tard

    Tard XDTalk 5K Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Messages:
    5,690
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +11 / 0
    Take it to a busy grocery store and DUMP IT, dude.
     
  8. Dec 20, 2008 #8
    beer_snob

    beer_snob XDTalk 100 Member Founding Member

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2008
    Messages:
    208
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    The 'Noog
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0
    Counterfeiters do use old bills. The biggest give away is texture. Bank tellers are taught to feel each bill before they even look at it. Chances are if it is a 1981 bill and it's crisp, it's fake. I recieved one from a gas station a few weeks ago and refused to take it from the store.
     
  9. Dec 20, 2008 #9
    sourpatch45

    sourpatch45 XDTalk 5K Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
    Messages:
    5,752
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Boise, ID (its boy-see NOT boy-zee!!!)
    Ratings:
    +19 / 0
    well it has the hairs but they didnt put the strips in till 1990 i believe

    and i dont want to mark it since its in such good condition, i would like to save it.
     
  10. Dec 20, 2008 #10
    Modificationvt

    Modificationvt XDTalk 1K Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,675
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Burlington Vermont
    Ratings:
    +6 / 0
    bills that old are not going to have water marks, or security tape...it will have the little red and blue hairs...and i believe it should say "The United States of America" in tiny type around the portrait (should look almost like a ring to the naked eye) Id say next time your at a gas station just ask the teller to hit it with the marker.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
1981 20 dollar bill
,
counterfeit old 20 dollar bill
,
do old twenty dollar bills have strip
,
fake old 20 dollar bill
,
how can you tell if a old 20 dollar bill is fake
,
how to spot a fake old 20 dollar bill
,
how to tell if a 1985 20 dollar bill is real
,
how to tell if a old 20 bill is fake
,
how to tell if an old 20 dollar bill is fake
,
how to tell if an old 20 dollar bill is real
,

how to tell if an old 20 is fake

,
how to tell if old 20 bill is fake
,
old 20 dollar bill counterfeit
,

old 20 dollar bill fake

,
old twenty dollar bill fake