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skeptic
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I have heard that the bank notes of Australia can not be forged as they are printed on a clear plastic, rather than on paper.

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In Australia, the original paper decimal currency banknotes introduced in 1966 were eventually replaced with new designs printed on clear polyester film which allowed them to have "see through" sections that are almost impossible to duplicate with a photocopier.
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In 1966 when Australia converted from imperial to decimal currency, and after a spate of forgeries, Professor Solomon was invited by the Reserve Bank to be a member of a scientific think tank to develop currency that could not be forged.
How true could this be, and of course, how would you know if they had been forged.

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Rach
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You can view a short video of the Security features here, read about the security features here .

I know for example on the $10 note, behind Banjo Patterson's head, if you get a magnifying glass and look at it to the left, there is printed there some of one of his poems "The man from Snowy River."

I guess you could forge a copy of a note that would pass a cursory look, but it would be a heck of a lot of work to get absolutely everything forged.

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Australia also prints currency for other countries (including indonesia). I love the polyester notes because they are water proof so you can go surfing with them. Also they don't wear out as fast. And they feel just like any other money.
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Em
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They don't react well to being accidentally put through the drier then ironed, though.

You could probably forge them if you had the resources, if only because what one person can make, another can eventually reproduce. Where the quote in the OP said "almost impossible to duplicate with a photocopier", I would be inclined to scratch the "almost". It certainly wouldn't be a backyard operation.

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If they can be made, they can be forged. It's just a matter of how difficult it is and if it's worth it.

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SiKboy
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I'm fairly sure that northern ireland has a similar thing going on, because back when I worked retail we would occasionally get an irish fiver, and the newer ones had a clear plastic window. Whether that makes them unforgable (unforgible? Ach, hell with it, "impossible to forge") I dont know, but I would guess certainly a lot more difficult to do.

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