Written by LCC Writing Team
The use of paper currency dates back over a thousand years. And the handiwork of counterfeiters goes back nearly that far! Paper money has long been the target of novice to expert forgers.
Of course, the penalties for getting caught have been very severe in the past. Several centuries ago, men could expect to be hanged or drawn and quartered. Women were usually burned at the stake. In America, colonial paper money printed by Ben Franklin and others often bore the phrase “to counterfeit is death.”