We are taking on the daunting task of trying to get a picture record of all the counterfeit national bank notes that are floating around on the market today. Original series national bank notes were heavily counterfeited. These were made to be used in commerce back in the 1860s. They really aren’t especially deceiving to an expert today. However, they usually look pretty good at a casual glace.
The example below is a $10 original series national bank note from The First National Bank of Red Hook, New York. The red seal is not very sharp and the details, especially in the Ben Franklin engraving, are horrible. The top right serial number of 44580 looks pretty decent. The bottom serial number 16 is very poorly looking. In terms of deception this is probably a 7 out of 10. Remember that it is technically illegal to own or attempt to sell any counterfeit legal tender.