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Evaluation of security features for new U.S. currency
Author(s): Sara E. Church; Thomas A. Ferguson
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Paper Abstract

Features for use in the first new design of United States currency in more than 60 years were selected from a field of over 130 possibilities. To narrow the field, individual features were subjected to a variety of evaluation methods, ranging from subjective to rigorous physical to limited production testing. Comprehensive evaluations were carried out by an independent committee of experts through a Treasury contract with the National Research Council (NRC) as well as by the interagency New Currency Design (NCD) Task Force of technical experts from currency production, issuing, processing and enforcement authorities. Features were also rated for effectiveness, durability, feasibility, intelligibility, security, production and processing impact and compatibility with design requirements. Through successive levels of evaluation, the original field was narrowed to 35 for scale-up testing to a handful for production testing. Full production testing and implementation schedule determined the final mix of features included in the new design Series 1996 $100 note.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2659, Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques, (15 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.235470
Show Author Affiliations
Sara E. Church, U.S. Dept. of Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing (United States)
Thomas A. Ferguson, U.S. Dept. of Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2659:
Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques
Rudolf L. van Renesse, Editor(s)

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