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Money Game, The - limited ediiton print


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Limited Edition Print
Signed & Numbered Giclee on Canvas
Image Size: 10" x 21"
100 Limited Edition Numbered and Signed
Painted in 1957, Printed in 2005

In the dark recesses of Barracks 19 at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, a German SS officer examines a sample of counterfeit U.S. currency being manufactured for distribution in an effort to undermine the economy of the United States. Unbeknown to Hitler and his cohorts, the scheme would never reach fruition as the conspiracy would be thwarted by an allied victory in Europe.

Counterfeiting declined during World War II, and the previous yearly average of $1 million in counterfeit notes fell close to $50,000. However, counterfeit stamps for war rationing became a prevalent fraudulent activity. And due to the large amount of Government checks being issued each day, the thefts and forgeries of Government checks and war bonds rose significantly.

When the Allies marched into Germany, they discovered a great international counterfeit threat. In Zipf, Austria, American soldiers discovered a huge plant and captured close to $100 million in counterfeit British notes. No trace of American money was found; however, it is believed that some backs of American currency had been made during the Nazi efforts. Allied forces found that Nazi concentration camp prisoners had been forced to print the bogus British and American bills. At the end of the war, a former employee of the U.S. Secret Service, then Lt. Col. George J. McNally, and Scotland Yard’s Inspector Reeves pieced together the Nazi’s counterfeit story of how the concentration camp inmates produced the bogus bills.


 

 
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