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Keeping It Real

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Keeping It Real
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.42

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    naked, angles, unique, purpose, metallic, easily, imprint, might, wallet, lines, easy, certain, appear, ensure, copy, bills


Keeping It Real
By Erin Horner
  

1     It might be easy to make money, but it is not easy to print money. The government wants to keep it that way! U.S. currency is complicated. Bank note printers make it that way on purpose. They work very hard to make sure that counterfeiters cannot easily copy and print our bills. To keep our currency and its printing secrets safe, note printers produce bank notes in high-security plants. They also include many hard-to-copy details on each note. First, they print the bills on a certain type of paper. It is a secret blend of different fibers. Next, they use a unique blend of ink to print the bills. They also use a special effect known as "color shifting." Color shifting makes certain colors look like other colors when the bill is tilted at different angles. Note printers place holograms on some denominations. They also imprint the notes with fine lines that look crisp on a real bill, but will run and appear blurry if scanned and copied. In addition to these tricks, note makers also use magnetic .....
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