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Head Case
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If your duplicating a bill, and identifying it by the serial number, has anyone ever been called on it that the number is missing a digit?
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Max Krause is the KING of altering serial numbers on bills.

Don't tell the Government.
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On 2011-11-04 19:19, Derek Castillo wrote:
If your duplicating a bill, and identifying it by the serial number, has anyone ever been called on it that the number is missing a digit?


I have not. Ask 100 people how many numbers are on a bill and if 1 can give you correct answer I'll bet they work for the Treasury.
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Certain numbers can be altered such that you are not missing a digit... like changing a 3 to an 8, or 8 to 3.
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I've done bill in orange with the serial number recorded using the switched out matching bill with missing (erased) serial number for years and its never been an issue.
Also, once the serial number is read off to match the serial number that was noted/recorded in jumbo size numbers on a large whiteboard for the verification portion of the effect at end, I always take the bill back, mention that most people don't like to put the soggy one in their wallet; and offer a clean dry bill to them to have back - they always take the clean dry bill so there is no chance of them later on looking at it and comparing to other bills.
Again, it has never been an issue for me and I've been doing it for over 25 years that way.
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I used a regular pencil eraser and some light sandpaper, but recently found an excellent eraser for the task.

It is made in Germany, but I found it at my local art store.

It appears like a pencil. However, instead of lead, the material is eraser. You sharpen the eraser and surrounding wood pencil just as you might normally, though using a knife seems best. So, the eraser is where the lead normally would be. At the other end is not an eraser, but a fairly stiff brush.

On the pencil: Germany Perfection 7058B Faber Castell

I went to the store asking for an ink eraser, and was shown a hard plastic, yellow eraser meant for india ink (doesn't work with serial numbers). Then was fortunate when the owner showed me this. I took a chance (well, it was only a bit over $3 after tax) and it worked beyond my expectations. Done in less than half the time compared to a standard eraser, and the area erased is not nearly so shiny as happens when I used a standard pencil eraser.
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This is the kind of thread where you want to keep your name incognito. Smile
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On 2011-11-04 19:19, Derek Castillo wrote:
If your duplicating a bill, and identifying it by the serial number, has anyone ever been called on it that the number is missing a digit?


It will never happen.

and then one day...someone with an eye for detail, calls you on it.

Murphy's law sometimes sneaks into the magic world.
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