Counterfeit $10,000 Bill In The News – Really?

Counterfeit BillI like to try and keep up on the news and daily events as much as possible. Yesterday, while I was driving home in my car, I heard a story about a lady who tried to use a counterfeit bill at a bank. Being that I work for a company that sells counterfeit bill detectors, I turned up the radio. At firs I thought, “Oh great, another person trying to cash in a fake $50 or $100.” I wasn’t even close.

This morning I hopped online and found an article written by Nick Carbone over at Time about the situation. Apparently this lady was trying to use a fake 10,000 at a bank. As you might imagine, the bank workers got very suspicious.

The article, written by Nick Carbone, goes on to say:

Michael Gallagher, risk management director at Enterprise Bank, said the bill hasn’t been printed since 1934 and he believes there’s only 300 in circulation, so they were fairly sure they weren’t seeing a piece of history come into their bank earlier this week but a crime. The bill was sent along to the Federal Reserve for examination, and the woman was sent out of the bank 10,000 fake dollars poorer.

I found conflicting reports about the $10,000 bill. Many sources say it was printed from 1928 to 1946. Either way, it’s been out of print for a while.

You can read the entire Time article here.

I don’t know why I got such a kick out of reading that article. It amazes me some of the dumb stuff some people try to pull. Did this lady really think she was going to get away with trying to pass off a $10,000 bill, at a bank of all places?

So here’s a piece of trivia. Who’s face is on the 10,000 bill? It’s Salmon P. Chase. Wikipedia has this to say about Salmon P. Chase:

Salmon Portland Chase (January 13, 1808 – May 7, 1873) was an American politician and jurist who served as U.S. Senator from Ohio and the 23rd Governor of Ohio; as U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Abraham Lincoln; and as Chief Justice of the United States.

It also ends up that Salmon P. Chase is the guy that helped get “In God We Trust” put on U.S. money.

I have to admit that our bill counters may not be built to verify a 10,000 bill. Chances are very slim that you’ll every have to worry about it.

Now you know a little more about $10,000 and Salmon P. Chase. As I mentioned earlier, we sell counterfeit bill detectors here at ABC Office. If you have time, you should stop by and check them out. You can find our counterfeit bill detectors here.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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