How to Tell If a Dollar Bill Is Real or Fake

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Introduction: How to Tell If a Dollar Bill Is Real or Fake

In this instructable, I will show you how to tell if a dollar bill is real or fake, using household materials.
 

Step 1: You Will Need...

You will need:
A dollar bill
Magnets
 

Step 2: Folding

Fold the left side of the dollar bill about 1/4 the way in. Unfold to a 130 degree angle.
 

Step 3: The Magnets

Slowly bring the magnets close to the 1 in the top left corner.
If the dollar bill moves toward the magnets, the bill is real.
 

Step 4: How Does It Work?

The dollar bill has magnetic ink which is attracted to the magnets. This is done to prevent counterfeit bills.
 

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    is really helped me. I was doing this survey and if you do the whole thing your get two dollars and I thought they were fake so I did this and they were rreall

    but i still need help because someone gave me a dollar and i think it still fake and i dont have a dollar magnets

    I'm in the US. I got a counterfeit $5 bill from Taco Bell as change. It looked like it was made as a joke by a kid with an inkjet printer, but it sure fooled the Taco Bell employees.


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     MICR has been around for about 30 years. Lemonie is right, why bother. The dollar is probably only worth $.15. The paper it's made from is worth more.

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    But bleaching a $1 and printing a higher denomination on the blank would fool the magnetic test.

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    You can't bleach magnetic materials to white and have them retain magnetic properties.

    L

    Surely no one bothers counterfeiting 1$ bills?
    Would you consider asking shop staff to wait while you got your magnet out and tested your change...?

    L

    Do you know if the use of magnetic ink is recent?
    Would that test work on bills emitted some 20 years ago?