Sidney Rocke: How Does America Fight Counterfeiting?

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Sidney Rocke, Chief Counsel for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), speaks about the government’s fight against counterfeiting. This visual presentation highlights the many little-known security features in the new $100 bill and sheds light on the global issue of counterfeiting US money and what is being done to prevent it.

Sidney Rocke (Part 1): How does the BEP fight counterfeiting?

Sidney Rocke (Part 2): How does the US government fight counterfeiting with technology?

Sidney Rocke (Part 3): What security features are embedded in the US $100 bill?

Sidney Rocke (Part 4): What is intaglio printing, and how is it used to fight counterfeiting?

About the Speaker

Sidney Rocke provides legal advice and counsel on a wide range of issues to the BEP, which is the agency that prints billions of dollars a year in US currency. Among his accomplishments at the BEP, Mr. Rocke advised changing the agency’s regulations to place the burden of proof on the suspected swindlers, and he drafted regulations requiring them to convince a judge that their mutilated or counterfeit money is real.

About the Museum

The Museum of American Finance is the nation’s only independent museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. Housed in an historic bank building on Wall Street, the Museum’s magnificent grand mezzanine banking hall provides an ideal setting for permanent exhibits on the financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton.

The Museum is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) Smithsonian affiliate creating non-ideological presentations and programs for purposes of education and general public awareness. Financial education is at the core of the Museum’s mission, seeking to promote lifelong learning and inquiry.

As a chronicler of American financial achievement and development, the Museum seeks to play a special role as a guardian of America’s collective financial memory, as well as a presenter and interpreter of current financial issues, thereby connecting the past with the present while serving as a guide for the future.

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