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How do you identify Mexican paper money?

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Identify paper banknotes of the Mexican Peso by knowing the types of denominations currently in circulation, analyzing the design and checking for counterfeit protection measures. Peso bills have distinctive design features that make it easy to identify them.

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As of December 2015, the Mexican Peso banknotes come in six denominations. These are: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 peso notes. In that order, the color of the bank notes are: blue, pink, orange, green, brown and purple. A banknote with any other value or color is not a Mexican Peso.

On the front, Mexican Peso banknotes have portraits of important figures from Mexican and indigenous histories near the middle, the name of the Mexican central bank on the top left, a serial number to the left of the portrait and the numeral value of the banknote on either edge of the bill. The back of the banknotes also has the name of the central bank and the numeral value of the bill on near both edges.

Mexican Peso banknotes have various safety features that you can use to identify them. Firstly, check for the texture of the bank note to make sure its legitimate. Banco de México, the central bank, prints the 100, 200, 500 and 1000 Peso bills on cotton fiber and 20 and 50 Peso bills on polymer substrate. Then, place a Peso bill in front of a light source with the front of the bill toward you, and look for a portrait watermark on the right, a vertical security thread near the middle and a microprinting thread with the numeral value on the left.

The central bank of Mexico may or may not change any of the features of the bill at any time. These methods are valid as of December 2015.

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