Unmarked bills are paper money with no distinguishing marks to make it easy for law enforcement to trace. Law enforcement officers mark bills using highlighters, writing or by recording the serial numbers of the bill, according to Wikipedia.Continue Reading
During World War II, the government stamped all the paper money in Hawaii in black with upper-case block letters spelling out Hawaii on the back and a smaller rendition of the word on the front. In addition, they printed the seal on the bill in brown instead of green. The government planned to declare such bills as worthless in the event of a Japanese invasion of the islands, according to the Star Advisor.
In 2008, marked bills from a closed restaurant a man used to pay a fine caused him more legal problems. Patrons at The Homestead had a tradition of signing the currency and hanging it on the walls. After the restaurant closed, the bills began to disappear. NBC News.com reports a court clerk recognized the word "Homestead" on the bills used to pay the fine and notified authorities, resulting in the arrest of five people.
In 1998, a web developer began stamping bills with the "Where's George" message. According to The Seattle Times, someone enters the serial numbers of bills into an online database and stamps with the website. People receiving the bill enter the location on the website.Learn more about Currency & Conversions
Silver stamp marks, sometimes known as hallmarks or makers marks, give information about products made of silver. Marks on items like jewelry and flatware can indicate the purity of the silver, who made it and where.Full Answer >
The most common European gold marks are 1000 for 24 karats, 958 for 23 karats, 750 for 18 karats, 585 for 14 karats, 416 for 10 karats, and 375 for 9 karats, and they all indicate the purity of gold. Other markings include a lion's head which meant the item was tested and marked by the London Assay Office, an anchor for the Birmingham office, a castle for Edinburgh, and a rose for Sheffield.Full Answer >
One can exchange German marks through certain banks and currency services, such as Deutsche Bundesbank Eurosystem and Euro Coin Exchange. Since Germany moved to the euro in 2002, the deutschmark, or "mark," is no longer in circulation, but it still can be sold or exchanged.Full Answer >
On U.S. coins minted before 1968, most identifying mint marks on silver coins were engraved on the reverse sides of the coins. After 1968, the Mint Director ordered the mark moved to the front of the coins. There are exceptions to this standard.Full Answer >