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Re: [BKARTS] - Related - topic laundering money

I heard what would seem to be a true story about laundered money:
A few years ago, an elderly woman told her nephew the following ----- When she was a young bank teller in Chicago in the 1920's, she had to tell a man that the bank could not accept his money for deposit --- the money was stained and dirty with what appeared to be blood; the man was Al Capone. The woman says that the man took the money across the street to a hand-laundry that he most likely controlled. A short time later, the man returned with the still wet money which was readily accepted for deposit. ----- Apparently, it was was OK to accept wet money, but not soiled money.
Is it true --- Was this elderly woman telling her nephew a true story about her early years?

Bill Minter

On Dec 25, 2007, at 12:02 PM, I.V. Chang Fong wrote:

Laundering Paper Money is a not recommend. If there are some dirt on it,
use a very soft eraser. Best if you take it to a Paper Money dealer. He/She
may recommend that you leave it as is.

From "Standard Catalog of World Paper Money" Krause Publication

Cleaning, Washing, Pressing of Banknotes.
a) Cleaning, washing or pressing paper money is generally harmful and
reduces both the grade and the value of a note. At the very least, a washed
or pressed note may lose its original sheen and its surface may become
lifeless and dull. The defects a note had, such as folds and creases, may
not necessarily be completely eliminated and their telltale marks can be
detected under a good light. Carelessly washed notes may also have white
streaks where the folds or creases were (or still are).
b) Processing of a note which started our as Extremely fine will
automatically reduce it at least one full grade.

Bella Chang Fong

On 12/24/07 7:29 PM, "jgodsey" <gods1216@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I have a customer who collects paper money.
as with all things, not washing bank notes is always the best advice.
but if they are so bad that they demand laundering what does it matter.

Anyone have any advice on what to use?
I guess money would be treated the same as other printed paper.

any thoughts?


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