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Here is another cool find from a collection I bought at one time or another.  I came across it the other day and thought it would be a fun thing to post.  This is a great piece of American history and as you read through it you can feel the innocence of our country in the early twentieth century.  Signed by Frank J. Wilson, who was the Director of the Secret Service from 1937-1946.  Wilson was the lead agent with the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Internal Revenue against Al Capone, and insisted that the serial numbers of the Gold Certificates in the ransom money for the Lindbergh kidnapping be recorded, which lead to the conviction of the kidnapper, and has become the common practice of “marked bills.”  He had nearly eliminated the production and distribution of counterfeit money through a nationwide education program by the end of his retirement, which I’m sure this booklet was part of, and didn’t now about till I did the research for this post.  Not only does this talk about how to detect counterfeit bills, but describes how to detect counterfeit coins as well.

Photos:  Property of The|Coinologist.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

April 27, 2011 at 4:27 am

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