Today I found some money on the ground.
My excitement was temporary, however.
Just an instant after I picked it up I knew that it was not genuine currency.
Interestingly, it's not because I'm trained on how to recognize "fake" coins, but rather because I am very familiar with genuine legal tender.
It's a lesson for all: know what the real stuff looks like, and you won't be fooled by the fake.
Although it's probably obvious (I'm sure you would have recognized that this money was bogus just as quickly as I did) I will detail the reasons why it was evident that the cash was not produced by the United States mint.
Please examine the photograph below and then note what I saw (and what you should look for yourself if ever in a similar situation).
1. The word COPY appears on the fake one. This word does not appear on a genuine ten-cent coin.
2. The color of the coin is decidedly dull, with no "shine".
3. The fake coin feels "lighter" and feels as if it's made of plastic (see also #2 above).
4. The head of J. Edgar Hoover is too small on the fake coin.
Maybe it's time you examined the coins in your pocket or purse?
Oh and, perhaps it would be wise to share these points with your loved ones.