8. You might think that it would be easy to make a phony dollar bill. Many people have tried, but they haven't been very good at it. There are some good reasons for this. First of all, the pictures on American bills are in the shape of an oval; so if you see a one-dollar bill with the picture of George Washington in a circle, you can be certain that it's not a real bill. Check the eyes on the picture, too. The eyes on the picture of a real bill are sharp and clear; so there's another sign to watch for.
   8、你也许会认为制造假美钞很容易。许多人做过尝试,但是他们做得并不太好。当然这也有其合理的解释。首先,美国钞票上的人像位于一个椭圆形之中。因此如果你看到一张一美元钞票上乔治·华盛顿的图案在一个圆形中,你可以肯定这不是一张真钞票。也可以检查人头像上的眼睛。真钞票图案上的眼睛锐利清晰,因而这是另一个辨别真伪的特征。
   9. Some people say that a bank teller can spot a counterfeit bill just by feeling it. If there is reason to believe that a bill is not real, there are other signs to us, though. It takes a close look, but if you check the treasury seal, you'll see that the points on a counterfeit are not quite sharp enough. The serial numbers are a third giveaway. The type use by the United States government cannot be purchased anywhere else. Since they're difficult to copy, the serial number should tip off a counterfeit bill.
   9、某些人说银行出纳员可以仅凭感觉就能辨出伪钞。如果有理由相信这张钞票不是真的,那么对我们来说必定还有其它辨别的特征。这需要近距离的观察:如果你检查钞票的财政官印章,你会发现假钞印章上的点子都不够锐利,序列号是第三个辨别的特征,美国政府制造序列号的机器类型,不可能在任何其他地方都买到。而序列号又难以复制,因此通过它可以检验出假钞。
   10. Perhaps the most interesting part of the real bill is the border. The pattern of thin lines is made by a very special machine. The design of thin lines is so complicated that it's almost impossible to match them. Those who try usually pause some of the lines to run into each other, or else some of them blur or blot.
   10、也许真钞最有趣的部分是它的边沿。细线的模式由非常特殊的机器制作。细线的设计是如此复杂以至几乎不可能找到与其相似的。所以那些假钞上的线总是由于被弄断而互相交错,或者其它某些线模糊或有污迹。
   11. Now that you know some of the signs of a counterfeit bill, what about the pictures? Thomas Jefferson is on the two-dollar bill, and Abraham Lincoln is shown on the five. If you're not sure of a ten-dollar bill, check the picture of Alexander Hamilton. For a twenty, you should look for the picture of Andrew Jackson, and on a fifty-dollar bill, you'll see a picture of Ulysses Grant. You see, we're like the Greeks and Romans when we put pictures of famous men on our money, too. Actually, it would be ridiculous to expect a counterfeiter to put the wrong picture on a bill.
   11、现在你已经知道了伪钞的一些特征,那么关于人头像呢?托马斯·杰弗逊的头像在两美元钞票上,亚伯拉罕·林肯的头像在五美元钞票上。如果你不确定十美元钞票的头像是谁;去看看亚历山大·哈密尔顿的头像。在二十美元钞票上,你看到的是安德鲁·杰克逊的头像。而在五十美元上,你将会看到尤利西斯·格兰特的头像。你看,我们也像希腊人和罗马人—样也把名人头像放到了我们的货币上。事实上,期望假币制造者把在钞票上印错头像是荒谬的。
   12. Have you ever seen a counterfeit coin? If a coin feels greasy, that's one of the first signs that it's not real. You can probably hear a fake coin just by dropping it on a hard surface. A counterfeit will sound dull, while a real coin will have a definite ring to it.
   12、你是否见过伪造的硬币?如果一枚硬币摸上去很粘,这是伪硬币的第一个特征。你能够通过听硬币落在坚硬表面上的声音来辨别硬币。假币听起来声音发钝,而真币会发出清晰的铃般的响声。
   13. You don't need to look for trouble ail the time, but if you have reason to think a coin or bill is a counterfeit, perhaps some of these tips will help you out.
   13、你不必天天自寻麻烦去辨别真伪,但是,如果你有理由认为一枚硬币或一张钞票是假的,也许这些小小的提示将会帮助你。