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 Posted 05/05/2013  7:47 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add jack jeckel to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
While dumping roll hunting half dollars I try to get large bills to make it easier on the tellers at the pickup banks.

For some reason almost all of the bills I get back have red or blue or green or black in small ink stamps of objects or numbers.

I asked a tell once and she didn't have a clue what they meant or who did them.

My guess is either banks doing it on the bottom note of a stack in case of theft, DEA or police doing it to track money used in drug deals (however given the large number and many different stamps I don't know and from watching COPS episodes they log the serial numbers anyways), or ?

Here are the 2 from this week.

The first bill seems to have been hit a few times with a fire engine, a carriage, a number and a robot head?

The other one has what appears to be a harp.







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 Posted 05/05/2013  9:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add daniels to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think the bank does that maybe gangs how they track there money
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 Posted 05/06/2013  01:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add GoldenChest to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No clue what they are, but I frequently find them
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 Posted 05/06/2013  02:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Blue-M to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe you will have to go undercover to find your answer. Afterall who will be willing to admit defacing US curency.
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 Posted 05/06/2013  11:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add billymac11 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Made me think of the "Where's George" stuff, but obviously not that.
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 Posted 05/06/2013  11:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add lettow to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
They are similar to chopmarks on Trade dollars. They are applied by merchants to attest to the genuineness of the note.
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 Posted 05/06/2013  1:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nationals to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have always heard them actually referred to as chop marks. I am under the impression that they are used mostly overseas by banks and merchants to show authenticity. You rarely see them on denominations besides $100s. They are neat to see, but not collectible.
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 Posted 05/08/2013  11:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jack jeckel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Given the crispness of all of the marked bills I have come across I don't think any of them have spent any time overseas.

My money is still on marked DEA or homeland security bills.
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 Posted 05/10/2013  11:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jack jeckel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is it just me or in my last pic does it look like a wet ink transfer from a 20 over the 100 which should bot occur naturally at the BEP?

Maybe the stamps now mean counterfeit and not genuine?

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 Posted 07/23/2019  08:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pjantares to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a number of $100 USD bills with different stamps on the back, not like what was posted earlier. I tried to buy something in Uruguay with one bill with a stamp and they refused it. They do not understand the reason, just think any $100 USD bill marked, torn or taped bills are not acceptable. I got one from the government owned bank in Uruguay and they tell me I can return the $100 and get a discount. What? They put the bills in the ATM machines then when you cannot use them for purchases, they will pay you a smaller sum. How can this be legal? Just a scam by the banks?
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