How to Detect Fake Chinese Money
Counterfeit money in China is a problem. Fake money for one
Yuan coins to 100 Yuan bills were found in circulation in China.
Many Chinese people even have a problem in detecting fake money.
Foreigners are easier victims. But here I am going to teach
you how to detect fake Chines money, simply and easily so that
you don't even need a counterfeit money detector!
Chinese Currency: Rinminbi (The people's money), short as RMB.
The symbol for Chinese currency is .
Chinese currency includes bills and coins.
Pictures of Chinese Money
Picture of Chinese bills (1999 series and 2005 series with main
anti-counterfeit money features. Click the picture to enlarge.)
Picture of Chinese coins
More pictures of Chinese money.
Compare Chinese money: The paper banknotes below are used real
and fake 100 bills and 50 bills. 100 Yuan bill and 50 Yuan bill
on the left are real, while the ones on right are counterfeit.
Can you see the difference? Click on the image to view larger
Main Features of Chinese Money: (Only for 100 Yuan bill, 50
Yuan bill, 20 Yuan bill, 10 Yuan bill since there are few fake
money for bills and coins smaller than 5 Yuan bill.)
Easy way to detect fake Chinese money (We use 100 and 50 Yuan
bills as examples since most fake banknotes are 100 and 50 Yuan
bills. The follow tips can be applied to other banknotes also.)
- The most effective way to detect a fake
Chinese money is the watermark. Hold the bill up against light,
a watermark of Chairman Mao is shown. The watermark on a real
100 Yuan banknote is distinct while the watermark on a fake one
is rather obscure. Look at watermarks in the blue boxes which
I draw in the follow pictures and compare.
Watermark on a real 100 Yuan banknote (In the blue box and click
Watermark on a fake 100 Yuan bill (In the blue box and click
- The second way to detect a fake Chinese banknote is to scratch
the hair of Chairman Mao. You can feel the hair on a real
banknote. But on a fake banknote, the hair can not be felt.
- Another way to detect a fake bill is to see if there is
100, 50, 20 or 10 in the blue circle area when watching in
the way shown in the picture. You have to pivot the banknote horizontally
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