U.S. government seeks new anti-counterfeiting features

August 11, 2021 1 min read

U.S. government seeks new anti-counterfeiting features

By Arthur L. Friedberg , Special to Coin World, Published: Aug 8, 2021, 8 AM

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is seeking outside help in adding new anti-counterfeiting features to future United States currency issues.

A Request for Information (RFI) posted July 22 on the U.S. government’s System for Award Management official website under the classification “Synthetic Dye and Pigment Manufacturing” says that the BEP is looking for new ways to integrate machine-readable features into future versions of U.S. paper currency. Their use will be to help detect and deter counterfeiting.

The request is only for information or ideas, which the government says it will not pay for. It stipulates that all costs are at the responding party’s expense. It is not seeking a business proposal.

Parties have until Aug. 31 to decipher and respond to the dense, bureaucratically-written request. Among the specified requirements are that anything presented should be novel and not available commercially. The proposed feature can either be incorporated into the substrate itself or applied later

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