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How To Spot A Fake Bank Note

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Check the paper - a real bank note will have a cloth like feel, whereas a fake one will be more papery.

Bank Of England wording on the front will be slightly raised if its genuine.

A metallic thread appears on every bank note and should be woven through the paper and not just printed over it. Hold it up to the light - it should be a continuous dark line. There should also be a water mark of the Queen's portrait when up to the light.

Genuine notes will have detailed and sharp printed lines and colours.

There should also be a hologram on 5 and 10 notes, of a image of a brightly coloured picture of Britannia and the figure value of the note, when tilted.

However, the new 20 notes are different.

Ultra violet lights and magnifying glasses may be used to suss out a bank note.

If you do find a fake, take it to the police and they will give you a receipt and send it to Bank of England.

By: Danielle

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