2 Briefing Topics: Background on genuine U.S. currency What is “Supernote”?Production Similarities to Genuine U.S. currencyDefects associated with SupernoteInvestigative/Suppression StrategyInvestigative Concerns, Issues and BGS support
7 US Banknote Security Features Paper – pure cotton, texture/synthetic mixCrane & Company exclusive security paper supplier since 1879Optical variable ink w/colorsFluorescent fibersMagnetic threadsIntaglio printing pressHolographic labels/threadsMould watermarks/color pigment/artworkMulti-color security lines, micro threads
9 What is Supernote? First Detected in 1989 – Philippines “Supernote” is a family of superior quality counterfeit notesFirst Detected in 1989 – Philippines$63 Million in worldwide activity to date (4/09)Average: $3.2 Million per yearThe USSS refers to Supernoteas the C & C familiesOlder style “small heads”Newer style “big heads”The family is composed of 20 forensically and/or investigatively allied counterfeit notes
10 Supernote: Production & Similarities to Genuine
11 How is Supernote Printed? The manufacturers of Supernote use the same printing methods as the U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing in the printing of genuine U.S. currency.Printed on reverse engineered paper:Similar in composition to genuine U.S. currency paperSecurity features within paper:Red & blue security fibers,Embeded security thread(red under UV)Watermark is present withinInks & design difference?
12 Supernote: Via Transmitted Light SecurityStripRed & BlueSecurity FibersSecurityWatermark