Last week we discussed circulating banknotes with political slogans on them, such as the following. -Editor
Jeff Kelley of Duxbury, MA writes:
Regarding the item on the $20 bill marked with a with a pro-Trump message, it is undoubtedly real, as multiple sellers on eBay list the rubber stamps used to create similar notes. The ones pictured in The E-Sylum
appear to be home grown variations with the text handwritten. The rubber stamps have a similar message with an arrow that is positioned when stamping so that it points to the image of the White House.
On the other side of the political spectrum, someone is selling a "speech bubble" rubber stamp that says "Impeach Trump" that is meant to be stamped in such as way as to appear that the words are being
spoken by George Washington (for the $1 bill) or whichever figure is on the note being used.
Ken Hallenbeck writes:
A while back I had a man buy something and he paid with several $20 bills. They looked just fine and I didn't turn them over, just put them in the cash drawer. Shortly after that we got to talking and he paid for
another purchase with a $20 bill, but showed me the reverse with the stamp "Donald Trump Lives Here" on it. He proudly said that he had the stamp and was the person locally here in Colorado Springs who did the
Since I save notes with political or other stamps or writing on them, I saved the note. I then went to the cash drawer, and sure enough he had given me five with the stamp on them. Doesn't make much difference, they
just go to the bank with our deposits I do prefer to collect notes of the $1, $2, or $5 denomination because they are cheaper to collect.
Incidentally, I'm still looking for one with Save the Spotted Owl stamped on it for my collection.
Phil Iversen submitted four photos from his collection of graffiti on U.S. currency with political implications of various kinds. Thanks! -Editor
Susie Nulty of Colorado Springs, Colorado submitted this note with a "TAX CHEAT" stamp above the signature of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. -Editor
Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga writes:
In the Sri Lanka Sunday Times I recently wrote an article on this topic since the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has had a strong campaign to demonetize them. A better Illustrated and linked version is posted on my web
Thanks. Despite the dire warnings which caused an uproar in social media, "CBSL has decided to continue the service of exchange of willfully mutilated, altered and defaced currency notes from CBSL
until further notice" See the articles online for more information. -Editor
To read the complete articles, see:
Truth about defaced currency notes
RTI reply on Defaced Currency Notes (http://notes.lakdiva.org/rti/DefacedCurrencyNotes.html)
Thanks, everyone. Mutilated notes of a different sort are discussed by Mark Hotz in his Bank Note Reporter article on "short snorters" and other banknotes with handwritten inscriptions
and signatures. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
Short snorters aid in exploration (http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/short-snorters-aid-in-exploration)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
TRUMP SLOGAN ON $20 BILLS (http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/esylum_v21n20a35.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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