Have you tried making a copy of a Philippine currency, to be specific one in paper denomination? For the purpose of this article, we copied a P200 peso note.
Then using an image manipulation app, we changed the dimension and image quality to poor (so we don’t get into any trouble!) to fit just right our post.
But have you tried making a copy of any foreign currency, like the US dollar?
Modern and updated scanners, including the one we are using of course do not allow a copy of the US dollar! If ever you get passed into copying the image, still the file will not open because the image manipulation app will warn that it does not support the editing of bank notes.
It is not visible on the bare, naked eye but the scanner detects the security feature embedded on the note. The US dollar has an Orion Constellation pattern.
Other than that, a newer security system called the Counterfeit Deterrent System is so full proof and effective that a scanner-photo edit program will most likely refuse to read and open the file containing an image of the bank note.
So why were we able to scan and copy the Philippine bank note and edit the file in image editing program? The simple answer is that it does not contain the same security features found in any US dollar paper denomination.
[Editor’s Note: Orion is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky. It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology. Its brightest stars are Rigel (Beta Orionis) and Betelgeuse (Alpha Orionis), a blue-white and a red supergiant, respectively.]
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