0:00 as a regular handler of cash you can avoid accepting counterfeit notes by
0:05 becoming familiar with the security features in US currency all you need to do
0:10 is feel the paper, tilt the note, and check with light
0:14 let's take a look at some easy to use security features in the $20 note you'll
0:19 also find these features on other current style denominations feel the
0:24 paper, move your finger across the note it should feel slightly rough to the
0:28 touch as a result of the printing process and the unique composition of the
0:32 paper. Tilt the note, denominations $10 and higher have color shifting ink in the
0:37 numeral on the lower right corner of the note. On the current style of notes, the color
0:42 should change from copper to green. The current style $100 note also includes
0:48 two new security features that you can check by tilting the note; the color
0:52 shifting bell in the inkwell and the 3d security ribbon. The 3d security ribbon
0:57 contains images of the bells and 100s that shift as you tilt the note. Check
1:02 with light. Hold the note to light to check the watermark and security thread
1:06 which are incorporated into denominations five dollars in higher
1:09 the watermark and security thread should be visible from both sides of the note when
1:14 held to light. For denominations ten dollars and higher, the watermark matches
1:19 the portrait on the face of the banknote, The most recent five-dollar note has two
1:23 watermarks both of the numeral five. The security thread appears in a different
1:28 location for each denomination and glows a unique color when exposed to UV light.
1:32 To learn more about authenticating banknotes explore the interactive notes
1:38 and training module on uscurrency.gov
Each country has its own currency or monetary system for buying and selling products and services. The exchange rate between two countries tells you the price you pay to buy another country's currency. When you travel internationally, you will want to have some of that country's currency to buy products or services.
You have several options for purchasing currency for a foreign country:
- Currency conversion tools are available online to compare the value of your country's currency with the value of other countries' currencies including a weekly list from the Federal Reserve Board showing the currency value of over 20 countries against the value of the U.S. dollar. The rates are not in real time.
- Check with your local bank or a travel agent before you travel to find out how to buy currency for the country or countries you plan to visit.
- Most large international airports or train stations have currency exchange booths, exchange vending machines, and ATMs. Some institutions may charge a fee or commission for the exchange service.
If you plan to use a credit card or ATM card abroad, the exchange rate may be different, often better for you, than the rates at currency exchange booths.
Cash Limits When Traveling Abroad or Entering the U.S.
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