Artist who made near-perfect US$100 bills


11 Responses to “Artist who made near-perfect US$100 bills”

  1. Doesn’t sound like he had any solution for the infrared striping. Of course, who checks that?

    • Funk Daddy says:

      In the Wired article there is indication he had the ability as it was a feature he provided a client for a not-money print job. 

      • Where? He mentions doing UV stripes, but I didn’t see anything about IR-reflective inks.

        • Funk Daddy says:

          UV inks and IR inks are both available via retail purchase and have been. This includes IR inks that fluoresce below 400nm or above 700nm (outside range of human eye). It’s not restricted tech

          If he knew of one it is incredibly unlikely that he was unaware of the other in a concerted effort to counterfeit to a precision undetectable.

  2. haineux says:

    Special Happy Mutant shoutout to JSG BOGGS.–articles-research-a-concepts/boggs-the-art-of-making-your-own-money

    Oh no, looks like BOGGS has been in non-money-related trouble with the law. Sorry to hear, man! Hope things clear up soon!

  3. Julian Bravo says:

    These don’t sound as impressive as the North Korean super notes.

  4. Bill Beaty says:



  5. Rob Butler says:

    He does suck at tradecraft, if he didn’t he would have said he has no intent on ever trying to make counterfeits again, then find another country which is far less likely to detect counterfeits, make millions in their currency (maybe in smaller bills to be safe) and then move there to live like royalty for the rest of his life. Or better yet, find a bunch of third world bank branches that can’t detect counterfeits, deposit millions into each of those banks, then have it all transferred to an untraceable account like a Swiss one, then travel the world as a billionare.

  6. Bill North says:

    Interesting article. The brief description of the intaglio process is inaccurate, though. When an intaglio printing plate is inked, the ink is forced into the incised lines below the plate’s surface. The plate is then wiped, removing all the ink from the surface. Only the ink filling the incised areas of the plate remains. Under the pressure of the printing press, the paper is forced into the incised areas, where it picks up the ink. The topography of the printed surface, “a delicate 3-D relief and a textured feel,” is a result of the ink sitting on top of, and standing in relief to, the paper’s flat surface, not indentations filled with ink.

  7. rausantaella says:

    Maybe the master forger in Making Money (by Terry Pratchett) was based in this guy? Who knows?

  8. jeligula says:

    While attending the Art Institute of Seattle, our Ad Design instructor gave us a screening of “To Live and Die in L.A.” because the characters utilized production techniques that we were going to start learning.  At 18 years old, that was the most blunt case of willful blindness that I had ever seen up to that point in my life.  What teacher in her right mind would put thoughts of forgery into the minds of talented students who were learning the skills necessary for it?  I have to give it to her, though.  After watching that movie, I used an X-Acto knife and colored paper and never bought another bus pass for my entire time in Seattle. This was 1987, when it was still possible to use manual skills and colored paper to forge a bus pass. They made it ridiculously easy.  I needed only a glimpse at the color scheme for that month and viola!  My passes were never questioned, not even once.

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