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fhood
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In order to have two one-dollar bills with the SAME serial number, one only needs to get two brand-new dollar bills that are consecutively numbered from one's local bank. Then all that needs to be done is erase the last digit on each bill's serial number. However, I just recently tried doing this on the "newer" design currency, and the last digit did NOT come off totally. Was it me, or are the newly designed bills harder to do this to?? Has anyone else experienced this? Or does one need a special type of eraser? In the past, a regular pencil eraser did the trick very well without a trace.

Thanks for any information!!

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May have been the quality of your eraser or type of eraser. I have done it to new bills and have no problem.
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yea i believe it was the eraser that you used

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Anybody ever tried this on a euro bill? Probably doesn't work Smile
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On U.S. bills, perhaps a spot of nail polish remover would help.
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I have tried this on a new bill also and have not had the problem.
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You may not have to *erase* a number, try changing a 1 to a 4 with 2 strokes of the pen.

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This used to be a great method, back when there wasn't a letter following the end of the serial number (I think it was George Anderson's improvement on the old Annemann strategem of changing a 3 and a 6 to an 8). But nowadays I find that erasing the last numerical digit leaves a suspicious gap, don't you?

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I know this thread is 11 years old, but has anyone come up with a method to do this? I have tried a variety of erasers and still have no luck. Thanx.
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The old-fashioned "typewriter" eraser. Usually gray material. Get a number of consecutive bills and pair up the 3's and 8's and match 'em up.

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I find that taking masking tape (the blue painters type) and mask/tape off everything except the number you want to get rid of then sand the number(s) off with a very fine wet or dry sandpaper (use it dry obviously)... the kind used for auto body work or wooden furniture finishing, 800 or higher grit...1000-2000 even. You can find this in Walmart in the auto detailing section, it's usually grey or black colored. This fine sandpaper will not dig into the bill but just removes the inked number. Cut a small piece off abput 2 inches by 1/4 inch and use it that way. Once the number is nothing but a shadow you can clean it up the rest of the way with an eraser. The masking tape can be peeled off easily and used on the next bill.... I do several at a time while I'm at it then throw the tape away. Garcia teaches this same technique on his Fraud DVD.... I don't think he uses masking tape though...can't remember for sure. This number will come off a lot faster than the black mint mark for Fraud as it is raised ink and not flat with the bill. It saves a lot of time compared to using the eraser... that takes forever.
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I've always used a typewriter eraser. You should still be able to find them at office supply stores. Use gentle pressure and stay on the actual printed typeface as much as possible.
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The sandpaper is working well. Didn't try the typewrite eraser. Thanx guys.
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The sandpaper is working well. Didn't try the typewrite eraser. Thanx guys.


When you try that typewriter eraser let me know if you arm and hand gets cramps!!!!!!
I tired several methods (erasers, fingernail polish remover, etc....) before trying this and nothing worked as good or as fast as the sandpaper in my opinion.
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Taterini, I've never had the cramping problem. The nice thing about the typewriter eraser is that it is rubber with some embedded abrasive and can be sharpened to a fairly fine point. This means that it is easier to get just the ink off without damaging the paper.
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On Apr 4, 2014, theamazingarthur wrote:
The sandpaper is working well. Didn't try the typewrite eraser. Thanx guys.


When you try that typewriter eraser let me know if you arm and hand gets cramps!!!!!!
I tired several methods (erasers, fingernail polish remover, etc....) before trying this and nothing worked as good or as fast as the sandpaper in my opinion.


somewhat old post BUT sand paper works excellently. I would start with 400 grit and finish with 600 grit. works amazingly!!!!!
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A typewriter eraser is basically fine grit mixed with rubber in a convenient cylinder that can be sharpened into a fine point with a pencil sharpener.
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I would think duplicating the last number exactly would be a bigger problem!
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Scraping the bill with an X-acto knife will give you greater precision/control over what gets erased.
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Sometimes it is hard to believe for me, that one of the biggest countrys in the world has money that can be that easy tampered with.
Probably just another reason to be jealous while thinking of all the possibilties.
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