Another forum discussion over on Coin Talk caught my eye this week - blood-stained currency. -Editor
John Kent writes:
Hey there! Just a quick note to see if there are any currency collectors that have blood stained currency in their collection? I'm looking for
some good examples with or without the back story, that I can bring into public schools to try and get kids interested in numismatics.
Last month, I was doing a presentation to some 7th graders using Japanese invasion currency and one of the students noticed a stain on the
currency and thought it was cool, since we were also talking about atrocities that were committed in the Philippines during WW2. The blood stained
currency made quite an impression, and the students actually felt connected to WW2 in a new way!
Putting tangible evidence into the students hands helps them connect to the people that used the currency, and that's inspiring me to find
more and better examples. I've also brought in short snorter bills and concentration camp currency, and I welcome other ideas that put history
into students hands and connects them with former generations, and inspires students to learn more!
John adds writes:
Here's a photo of the stained confederate note I bought today ...
Another participant added writes:
I have collected military currency for almost thirty years. I have seen lots of notes with stains, even red stains. I have always been suspicious
of claims of blood stained currency as there is no way to prove a stain was caused by blood versus some other source without chemical analysis.
A little macabre perhaps, but an interesting way to put damaged and otherwise nearly worthless notes to use. Have any such blood-stained notes
ever been authenticated and slabbed? The "D.B. Cooper" airplane hijack ransom notes have been slabbed in horrible condition. As numismatic
cataloguers learned long ago, a good backstory sells. -Editor
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