Detecting Counterfeit Bills

One form of crime that is easy to fall victim to is receiving counterfeit bills. This generally does not involve losing large amounts of money as the largest bill in circulation is COP$ 50,000 and this is worth about US$ 26.00 at today’s exchange rate (TRM). It is however very embarrassing to try to buy something with such a bill and be told it is no good!

The Bank of the Republic has a web site that shows each of the bills in circulation and text that explains the anti-counterfeiting features. This site can be accessed through this link. Once you are at the bank´s site just click on a link to a bill, for example, billete de 50.000 and an image of the bill is displayed. Hovering the cursor over the text to the right brings up the information on each of the measures.

The text is in Spanish. I may try to provide a translation of this information at some point in the future. Stay tuned…

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2 Comments

  1. pbunch said,

    March 6, 2010 at 06:55

    I take it you mean rain, not funny money 🙂

  2. Douger said,

    March 5, 2010 at 20:24

    We are already getting some her in northern Costa Rica.
    I LOVE IT.
    We need it.


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