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printech, January, 2001
Fwd: Re: P2 for Printing Money


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From:Wayne Pferdehirt (pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu)
Date:Tue, 30 Jan 2001 09:37:46 -0600


I am forwarding this message from another Listserv, P2Tech. I thought some Printech participants would be interested and perhaps want to contribute to the discussion. -Wayne >From: Salman.Dave@epamail.epa.gov >Subject: Re: P2 for Printing Money How about plastic "paper" money. Plastic "paper" money was developed in Australia (and used since 1988) and is becoming popular in many southeast Asian countries. The high humidity in these countries results in paper money having a very short lifetime. The plastic "paper" money is much more moisture resistant. See related article at I was in Brasil recently and they had just introduced a plastic 10 Real bill (equal to about $5US). The base material appeared to be a clear plastic film. Both sides are nicely decorated and a small circular portion>of the bill is left undecorated as a security (anti-counterfeiting measure. The bill has a very similar feel to paper money. The US paper money is printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC and Fort Worth, Texas. I believe they use an intaglio process - similar to rotogravure, but instead of having an image made up of millions of tiny discrete cells, the intaglio image is engraved inits entirety directly on the plate. I do not know if other countries use the same process. There is a lot of variety in the appearance (some currencies are much more colorful than US currency) and the feel of paper money around the world. The papers are certainly different (US currency has a high cotton content) and the printing processes may be very different too. Dave Salman >Forwarded on behalf of Mr. Burton Hammer: > I've had a request from someone at a national bank in Asia who wants to know about P2 and waste mgmt options for the national money printing operations. I volunteered to recycle their unwanted money but they would rather go further up the pipe. I suppose our own US treasury must be doing some EMS and P2 work on printing since they are fed facilities covered by the various exec orders. I don't know whatkind of printing ops are used for money, is it lithography, offset, or whatever. If I can get that info I can use the many printing P2resources for those processes. Any leads or refs would be greatly appreciated, thanks a lot. Note - it might not be wise to announce that you have lots of experience printing money yourself... Burton Hamner



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