Separating fiction from fact concerning modern day propaganda notes and some tips on collecting them

From "Getting the word out" in July 7, 2014, issue of Coin World
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Published : 06/19/14
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Editor's note: The following is the fourth of a four-part Coin World series about propaganda notes prepared by Michele Orzano for the July 2014 monthly edition of Coin World.

Other posts in the series include:

Something as simple as scribbling a political or social slogan on a piece of cash places the note into the broad category of propaganda notes. That broad category includes everything from deliberate messages to undermine a nation during wartime to using a note look-alike design to catch the eye of a potential customer when advertising a business or service.

Genuine and facsimile U.S. and world notes have been widely used to spread propaganda for decades.

Collecting these items makes for a fun jaunt off the traditional collecting path.

Fed-employee initials stamps: Fact or fiction?

So are those high-denomination Federal Reserve notes that sometimes can be found bearing stamped, written or hand-drawn messages part of the propaganda category?

The answer is yes.

An example is the Series 2004A $20 FRN illustrating this article that the author received in change from a purchase at the local Walmart store.

Stamped initials or symbols like those appearing on this note can be found on $20, $50 and $100 FRNs.

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