The oldest counterfeit money is a copy of a 6th century silver coin. BC e. from the Greek island of Aegina. The counterfeit is made of silver-plated copper with a very high technical performance.
Damage to coins was also common, that is, cutting off pieces of metal from the edge to lighten the weight.
In modern history, counterfeit money was also issued at the state level with the aim of undermining the economy of a hostile power. One of the first mentions is Bonaparte's use of counterfeit Russian money in the war of 1812.
To protect the first paper money from counterfeiting, they were printed with many curls and typed in a special font. In South Carolina, for example, English words were written in Hebrew and Ancient Greek letters.
In the early 60s of the 19th century, the practice of buying their equipment and materials from counterfeiters was widespread. The American government once quietly and quietly bought an entire illegal mint for $ 25, 000.
Hitler flooded the whole world with fake securities and currencies. After the defeat of fascism, the German government was deprived of the right to print money on its territory. Until 1955, money for the Federal Republic of Germany was printed in London - offset printing and without watermarks.
The number 1 counterfeiter in the USSR was Viktor Baranov, who printed banknotes better than the original ones. For achievements in the field of printing money, which he willingly shared with GOSZNAK during the investigation, the execution of the counterfeiter was replaced by 10 years in a colony.
The most popular euro banknote among counterfeiters is the 50 euro banknote. The least of all counterfeits are 5, 10 and 500 euro banknotes.
In Turkey, they decided that since people are so eager to print their money, it should be legalized. Now anyone can print Turkish money. The main thing is to get a license.
The first counterfeiter in Russia, about whom records have been preserved in the annals, was the caster and weigher of precious metals Fyodor Stallion, who was exposed in 1447.
The punishment for making counterfeit money was almost always and everywhere extremely strict. In the Middle Ages in Europe, counterfeiters were boiled in boiling water or molten metal was poured into the throat (usually lead, since it was from it, as a rule, that counterfeit coins were made).
In the Russian Empire, the punishment was: "For the counterfeiting of credit cards, the perpetrators are deprived of all their right of fortune and exiled to hard labor." Even in the XX century in the USSR, the manufacture and sale of counterfeit coins or banknotes was punished up to the death penalty.