Since bank notes were first invented, people have been trying to forge them. The first forgery of a Bank of New Zealand note was recorded in 1887, when a £1 note was presented at Dunedin branch. 

The forged note was fainter in colour, printed on coarser paper and smaller than the real thing.

Today, bank notes issued by Reserve Bank include highly sophisticated features designed to prevent forgery. 

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1913 Issue 3 10 pound forged note owned by Ian Birdling

A counterfeit £10 note