Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Banknotes : Security marks 2a

A while ago I started to write about security marks on banknotes.
So far I only talked about basic elements about the paper type.

In this second part, I like to put some other security features in the spotlight.

The first (easy) mark, is the presence of a signature.
Of course signatures can be copied as well, but in combination with other security features, it can help to determinate if the forgery is good or bad (in case of a forgery).
If a banknote is copies with a non corresponding signature/serial number... then the forger wasn't the smartes one.

Let's have a simple look at 3 signatures on Euro notes.

First signature (1) is of Wim Duisenberg, a Dutchman, who became the first precident of the European Central Bank (ECB).
He remained president until November 1, 2003.

Wim Duisenberg
Second signature (2) is from Jean-Claude Trichet. He succeeded Duisenberg,due to an agreement made before.  Trichet was president for exacly 8 years, as he was succeeded on November 1, 2011.

Jean-Claude Trichet
Current president of the ECB is the Italian Mario Draghi (3).

Mario Draghi

 to be continued...

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