United States currency/Fake denominations

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Fake denominations of United States currency have been created by individuals as practical jokes, by money artists such as J. S. G. Boggs, or as genuine attempts at counterfeiting.

Before the passage of the National Banking Act of 1863, individual banks in the United States were permitted to issue their own currency. Many banks did so, resulting in a proliferation of banknotes of various denominations, and the need for merchants to have books explaining the characteristics of various notes.

$3[edit | edit source]

Various $3 bills have been released, generally poking fun at politicians or celebrities such as Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson, or Hillary Clinton.

In the 1960s, Mad magazine magazine printed a three-dollar bill. This was not counterfeiting, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation complained to the magazine's editors, because people were cutting the bill out of the magazine in [[[Wikipedia:Las Vegas, Nevada||Las Vegas]]] and successfully using it to obtain change in bill changers. On the bill, which had a portrait of Alfred E. Neuman, a line read: "This is not legal tender—nor will Meat tenderizer help it.

Prior to the creation of the Federal Reserve System, individual banks offered their own currencies. The faces on the various currencies were standardized across the country, but designs varied per bank. Several banks issued three dollar bills, with the face of Santa Claus gracing the front of the note. Such banks included Howard Banking Company of Boston, the Central Bank of Troy, the Pittsfield Bank and the White Mountain Bank, and perhaps coincidentally, the St. Nicholas Bank of Manhattan.

$6[edit | edit source]

Shortly after the Lewinsky scandal, parody $6 bills (or "sex" dollars) appeared in the market. They can still be found for sale.

$200[edit | edit source]

In 2001, a man bought a sundae at a Danville, Kentucky, Kentucky Dairy Queen with a United States 200 dollar bill featuring President of the United States George W. Bush and received $197.88 in change. In September 2003, a North Carolina man named Travis Martin used a $200 bill at a Food Lion to purchase $150 in groceries; the cashier accepted the fake bill and presented Martin with $50 in change.

$1,000,000[edit | edit source]

Many businesses print million dollar bills. They're sold as novelties, and they do not assert that they are legal tender; the Federal Reserve has declared them legal to print or own as long as they are not used fraudulently, and does not consider them counterfeit because no genuine million dollar bill exists or ever has existed.

In March 2004, Alice Regina Pike attempted to use a $1,000,000 bill with a picture of the Statue of Liberty on the front to purchase $1671.55 in goods from a Walmart in Covington, Georgia, for which she was arrested.

In November 2007, Alexander D. Smith tried to open a bank account in Aiken County, South Carolina by depositing a $1,000,000 bill. The bank employee refused to deposit the bill and called the police. Smith was immediately arrested on a charge of forgery.

The Libertarian Party (United States) makes an annual tradition of handing out informational fliers made to look like $1,000,000 bills on April 15th to draw attention to its anti-income tax platform.

Though not meant to be used as actual legal tender, Christian Evangelism Ray Comfort's ministry, Living Waters Publications, produces a fake $1,000,000 bill featuring Grover Cleveland, which is in reality a Tract (literature). It appears to be based on the United States twenty-dollar bill, with the gospel message around the back, and also includes some of their Web site addresses on the bill with the statement "This is NOT legal tender for all debts, public and private."

After someone attempted to deposit one of the fake bills in North Carolina, the Secret Service raided The Great News Network, a sister ministry to LWP based in Denton, Texas, Texas, on June 2, 2006. The USSS told workers at GNN they would locate and seize all of the million dollar bills at LWP's Bellflower, California, headquarters. Comfort has been advised by his lawyers to refuse such an action, and no warrants yet appear to have been issued for the tracts. However, in a precautionary move LWP also produced an enlarged "Secret Service version".

$1,000,000,000[edit | edit source]

In July 2006, Comfort's ministry developed and began printing a similar $1,000,000,000 bill (one billion USD). Its color scheme more closely resembles the United States ten-dollar bill, although the background resembles the series 2004 $20 bill (like their "million-dollar bill"). The tract contains a similar gospel message and features to the million-dollar tract, but the picture is instead that of 19th century Great Britain evangelist Charles Spurgeon, whose portrait obscures the last two zeros on the upper-left corner of the "bill". There have yet to be any repercussions from the Secret Service regarding this new tract.

In March 2006, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Secret Service seized 250 counterfeit Federal Reserve notes, each bearing a denomination of $1,000,000,000 (one billion USD) from a West Hollywood, California apartment. The suspect had previously been arrested on federal charges for attempting to smuggle more than $37,000 in currency into the U.S. following a trip to Korea in 2002.

$8,000,000,000,000[edit | edit source]

An $8,000,000,000,000 (eight trillion USD) "Federal Deficit Note" was designed in 2005 by Alexander S. Peak to acknowledge what was at that time the United States public debt.

The president at that time, George W. Bush, appears in the center of the bill. Over the seal on the right-hand side of the bill appears the word BROKE. In place of the usual claim that a given bill is legal tender, this bill reads, "This note represents the legal tender stolen from you, the American people, and now constitutes the current federal debt, which increases every fiscal year."

In pop culture[edit | edit source]

In the film Superbad, a character has a daydream in which he buys liquor with an $80 bill. The Simpsons episode "The Trouble with Trillions" featured a one trillion dollar bill intended for reconstruction of post-war Europe. In the Netflix series Richie Rich in the intro scene the there's a picture of a trillion dollar bill with all of the main characters featured on it.

TWE dollars[edit | edit source]

In the 1970s, a fake bill dispensed in gumball machines had a denomination of "TWE DOLLARS". Much of the artwork was duplicated from the real twenty-dollar bill, including the portrait of Andrew Jackson, but the name "Jefferson" was printed under Jackson's picture. The country's name was printed as "The Untied States of Anemia." The "twe-dollar bill" has 3s in the corners.

-km 01:10, 24 March 2008 (UTC)

Another novelty fake bill showing ten hundred dollars as the denomination and 1,000 dollars on the corners with a portrait of Benjamin Franklin also uses the "United States of Anemia" for the country name.