Cash counterfeiting, keeping and realisation of counterfeit money is an illegal activity subject to prosecution. If banknotes are suspected to be counterfeit, they are not accepted as legal tender. Also it is important to know that counterfeit banknotes are not exchanged to genuine money neither by commercial banks nor by the central bank of Lithuania. For the avoidance of counterfeit money in your purse, it is very important to know their security features.
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General security features of banknotes
TOUCH THE BANKNOTE
Paper.It is produced from cotton fibre, is stiff, rough and has a specific crackle.
Intaglio printing. Thisis a special way of printing by which printed lines of the design elements are protuberant, forming a raised and textile surface.
Recognition sign for the blind. The sign is produced by a raised surface intaglio printing and has a textile surface.
HAVE A LOOK AT THE BANKNOTE
Water marks.A multi-tonal water mark formed on the paper during its production process. It consists of contrast parts due to different paper thickness and clearly seen when the banknote is held up to the light or in a merging light. Electro-typical water mark is thinner therefore the paper containing the denomination figure is lighter.
Security thread. It can be embedded into paper or partly seen under the surface of paper. It contains micro inscriptions. Dotted and imbedded into paper, security threads when the note is held up to the light or is in a merging light, are seen as a dark line.
See-through feature of the front to back in perfect register. The image fragments printed on the banknote front and back are in perfect register and compose a common unanimous image, when the banknote is held up to the light or looking at the design elements in a merging light.
Anti-copier protection security feature.This is a security thread composed of lines oriented to various directions. When copying they break into separate fragments not forming continuous lines.
TILT THE BANKNOTE
Latent image. This is a denomination numeral visible when the banknote is tilted towards light at an acute angle.
Iridescent strip. A strip printed by special inks visible on the banknote surface. When the banknote is tilted the strip acquires a golden/silver shade.
Microperforation. The denomination numeral (100 ltas (2000 issue), 10 and 20 litas (2001 issue)) made up of tiny holes.
Optically changing inks. The colour changes depending on the angle. (The denomination numeral 100 in the left bottom corner of the front and a strip 500 litas on the back of the banknote).
Holographic strip.This is an iridescent silver-colour strip in which the denomination inscription and/or abbreviation of the national currency LTL becomes visible when the banknote is tilted. (100 litas (2007 issue), 200 litas (1997 issue) and 500 litas (2000 issue)).
Microprinting. These are repeating micro texts and numerals printed by different ways of printing, possible to be read through the magnifying glass.
Serial number.These are letters and numerals printed by intaglio. A horizontal serial number is printed in inks characteristic of magnetic properties, and inks of a vertical serial number flouresce under ultraviolet light in a green colour.
Rainbow printing. This is a method of printing when the colour of inks changes gradually from one to another without a distinct and strict line of merging.
Security in ultraviolet light. These are design elements printed by special inks visible under ultraviolet light (denomination numerals, rectangular with the numerals of denomination).
Security fibres in paper Security fibres are mixed in the banknote paper. Under a violet light they fluoresce in blue, green, yellow, red (the amount of colours and composition depend on the banknote).