Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2016. 9:25 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Officer Commanding Belmopan police, Supt. Howell Gillett is advising the public to be alert because there are reports of fake Belizean money circulating, in particular the $20 bill.
Gillett mentioned some tips that would be helpful to recognize the fake currency. “The public can look for the shining window thread on each bank note. They can look for the watermark; each bank note has the watermark. First of all they can feel the print on a bank note, if they rub their fingers along the surface they will feel a raise print. There is also a see through feature when held up to the light, you will see that it forms a complete design with the back design and the front design,” he said.
The shining window thread when held up to the light forms a complete line.
The watermark for the $2, $5, $10 and $20 is the Sleeping Giant, while in the $100 and $50 it is the jaguar.
On the $50 there is an angel fish a green foil angel fish and on the $100 there is a toucan hologram, when you tilt it you will see the numeral 100 and small toucans in it.
It is especially important for businesses to be able to identify these currencies when people are trying to make a purchase with them, they are advised to use a UV light. Using the UV light, they will be able to see fluorescent features that will be display on all bank notes.
Using the magnifier, if you look at the bottom panel and on the front of the note on the top and bottom panel you will see the word Central Bank of Belize and the value of the note.
Once again, some of the key security features to look for are: the watermark Sleeping Giant on the Two, Five, Ten and Twenty dollar bills.
On the larger denominations: the Fifty and One Hundred dollar bills, there is a see through feature of the Jaguar.
A Hologram depicting the Angel fish on the Fifty dollar, while on the One Hundred dollar bill, there is a Toucan Hologram.
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