View Full Version : Exotic markings on US currency

09-27-2005, 02:54 PM
Hey, dudes and dudettes, I've been noting a lot of unusual markings (rubber stamps, etc.) on large US bills, usually $100 and $50 bills. As an example, I have one in front of me that has the number "09-943085" and the words "hashim shaheen" in arabic. Other examples are: Chinese words (e.g. "crystal"), ornate seals in Urdu, and occult signs (e.g. letters of the witch's alphabet).
Has anyone else observed this, and if so, do you know the significance?

09-27-2005, 03:56 PM
cool. could you scan it or something?

09-27-2005, 04:06 PM
I'd look at some currency now, but, unfortunately us poor folks don't carry around 50 or 100 bills!!

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I'd love to see it!

09-27-2005, 04:19 PM
I have seen those stamps. Weird stuff. Little letters inside triangles and things like that.

09-27-2005, 07:53 PM
US dollars have been the medium of choice world wide for drugs and money laundering etc, maybe that's an explanation.

09-28-2005, 08:14 AM
Hmmm . . . Well, I could scan the enlargements I have, but I don't know how to send them to y'all: any ideas? Also, I'm juss a po' boy long way from home, but my job puts the cash in my hands for a short time.
I used to think some markings are just proprietary, but if that is true, why would a company regularly deface currency? Also, some of the stamps, (Chinese "Good Luck"; zodiac signs) seem to be for luck or superstition, and thus are of little interest to me.