Red had not seen a real counterfeit bill in many long years. Red once worked in a bank and bogus bucks would turn up not infrequently. But with the advances in technology and hated colorization of the greenbacks, counterfeiters have had an increasingly difficult time of it.
Some of the illegal printing operations may have moved south of the border. While in Mexico, someone passed Red an ersatz 200 Peso note. A cab driver discovered it and handed it back to Red – “Is no good.” Fortunately, 200 pesos is only about $12 USD, so the hit was not bad – just annoying.
Mexico employs similar technology as the U.S. Treasury to imbed strips and other counters in its bills and most establishments will waive a pen over 200 and 500 peso notes to check for fakes. After getting the trashy 200, Red started paying more attention to what the shopkeepers were doing and their diligence indicated that counterfeiting may be something of a problem south of the border. Even Red started holding up every bill to the light to see if someone was attempting to pawn off phony pesos on an unsuspecting gringo. It did not happen again.
Image of 200 Peso note featuring Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, or Juana de Asbaje. Sor Juana(1648-1695) was a writer, poet and nun.