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Safescan Money Scales

How does weight-based money counting work?
How reliable is weight-based money counting?
What is the advantage of weight-based money counting?
Weighing money is a precise and efficient method for counting coins or banknotes. Advanced money counting scales like the Safescan 6165 employ finely tuned load cells, which generate an electrical signal directly linked to the applied force, enabling them to weigh multiple banknotes or coins simultaneously. These scales maintain a comprehensive database of weights for various supported currencies and denominations, whether the currency is in loose form, bundled, or contained in bags. This data is utilized to calculate the exact quantity of items being weighed with exceptional accuracy.
Weight base money counting is extremely reliable, thanks to a lot of heavy-duty maths. There’s always some minor variation in the weights of individual banknotes or coins; for example, old notes weigh slightly more than new ones because they’ve picked up oil and dirt. The weight tables used in precision money counting scales like the Safescan 6165 are constructed by weighing multiple stacks of circulated and uncirculated banknotes or coins, then feeding these values into complex algorithms that enable the scale to pinpoint the precise number of notes or coins being weighed.
In essence, it's all about integration. A money scale is a compact device designed to streamline your cash counting needs. Banknote counters specialize in counting banknotes, while coin counters focus solely on coins. Banknote counters lack the flexibility to input manual values for cheques and credit cards, whereas coin counters don't sync with cash management software. However, money scales like the Safescan 6175 excel in versatility: they can efficiently count coins, banknotes, vouchers, coupons, tokens, and chips, accommodate manual entry of credit card and cheque values, and seamlessly export all data to cash-handling software. They represent the ultimate all-in-one integrated cash counting solution.

Safescan Banknote Counters

Safescan offers automated banknote counters to meet a range of needs, from making your end-of-day routine faster and error-free to note batching and counterfeit detection. How do they do it? Let’s take a look under the bonnet.
At one end of the spectrum, you have counters that just tell you how many pieces of paper you’ve fed them—but a whole lot faster than you could have counted them by hand (and without miscounting). As you move up, you get to banknote counters that automate more of the cash-counting process for you.
When you place a stack of banknotes in the counter’s hopper, the bottom note activates a feed-in roller. As the roller rotates, it feeds the bottom banknote to a second roller rotating at a faster speed. Low-friction flanges on each side of this second roller make sure only one note gets fed in at a time. Next, fanning wheels separate the notes before they pass by an optical sensor that tallies each one (and, depending on the machine’s features, its value). The counted notes then fall neatly into the output stacker on the front of the machine.
In both systems, the hopper where you place banknotes to be counted is located on top of the machine. The difference is that in a front-loader, you place the stack of notes horizontally (flat); in a back-loader, you place the stack vertically (on its side). This difference is also what lets you keep adding notes to the stack as a front-loading machine runs, which can increase your processing speed if you have a lot of notes to count.
As the note passes through the machine, a series of integrated sensors check one or more security features built into modern currencies. The simplest devices just check for the presence of UV marks; more advanced ones add magnetic and size checks.
That depends on the particular counter, and the features you’ve enabled. Every banknote counter can count sorted notes using an optical sensor that tallies notes as they pass by, but to count mixed notes—a stack of notes that contains ones, fives, tens, and twenties, say—the device must be able to recognise the different denominations while it counts. (All the notes do have to be the same currency.)
You can also count banknotes by weight. High-precision money counting scales such as the Safescan 6165 use finely calibrated load cells—devices that create an electrical signal whose magnitude is directly proportional to the force being measured—to weigh several banknotes at one time. The scale stores a detailed table of weights in its memory for every supported currency and denomination, which it uses to accurately calculate the number of items it is weighing.
How do Safescan’s banknote counters work?
What features do todays banknote counters have?
How does a banknote counter count notes?
What’s the difference between front- and back-loading machines?
How do banknote counters detect counterfeit notes?
Do you have to sort the banknotes before you count them?
How does weight-based note counting work?

Safescan Products

Banknote Counters
Counterfeit detectors
Safescan banknote counter

Safescan Banknote Counter and Checker

Perfect time saving way to counting your businesses money and checking for counterfeit notes

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Safescan 2210 banknote counter

Safescan 2210 Banknote Counter

Smart and efficient banknote counter from Safescan will detect counterfeit notes whilst counting

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Safescan 2865-S banknote counter

Safescan 2865-S Banknote Counter

Count and verify your banknotes in just minutes

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Safescan 2850 banknote counter

Safescan 2850 Banknote Counter

Easily counts large amounts of banknotes

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Safescan 155-S automatic counterfeit detector

Safescan 155-S Automatic Counterfeit Detector

In less than half a second your banknotes are checked on up to seven security features: Infrared, Magnetic ink, Metallic thread, Watermark, Colour, Size and Thickness, verifying them with the highest precision.

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Safescan RS-100 banknote stacker

Safescan RS-100 Banknote Stacker for 155-S

The Safescan RS-100 removable banknote stacker will count, collect and store your banknotes. Simply attach the Safescan RS-100 to your Safescan 155-S (G2) model counterfeit detector to collect all the verified notes, using the add function it becomes a mini banknote counter.

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Safescan 70 UV conterfeit detector

Safescan 70 UV Counterfeit Detector

Save time and money! This machine is able to detect if bank notes, credit cards and ID cards are fake.

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Safescan 50 UV Counterfeit Detector

Save time and money! This machine is able to detect if bank notes, credit cards and ID cards are fake.

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Safescan counterfeit Detectors

How do Safescan’s counterfeit detectors work?
What currencies have the most counterfeits?
How do central banks protect banknotes from counterfeiting?
How does ultraviolet detection work?
How does magnetic detection work?
How does infrared detection work?
How does size detection work?
How does spectrum analysis work?
What if a central bank makes changes to a banknote?
Safescan 155-S Automatic Counterfeit Detector Safescan offers a range of counterfeit detectors to fit every budget and need, from simple detectors that let you manually inspect a single banknote feature (such as ultraviolet or magnetic marks) all the way to sophisticated, automated multi-point detection technology. Let’s take a look under the bonnet.
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Safescan 155-S Automatic Counterfeit Detector Used widely accross the world, it is no suprise that the top three most counterfeited currencies inlcude the British Pound, the US Dollar and the Euro.
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Safescan Counterfeit All counterfeit detectors rely on sophisticated security features that central banks deliberately insert into banknotes. These features begin with special treasury paper, which is either a cotton-linen blend or, increasingly, polymer-based. Central banks then design each banknote to contain complex ultraviolet,magnetic, infrared, colour, and holographic features. In many currencies, each note type (or denomination) also has a unique, very specific size, thickness, and weight, to combat bill bleaching (where counterfeiters bleach a genuine low-value banknote and print a higher-value counterfeit on the same paper).
Safescan 50 Black UV Counterfeit Detector Every modern banknote contains ultraviolet (UV) ink with fluorescent phosphors that cannot be seen in daylight ①, but are clearly visible under UV light at a wavelength of 365 nanometers. UV detectors like the Safescan 40, 50 and 70 let you place a note under a bulb emitting UV light at the correct wavelength and visually verify that it contains UV marks ②. Higher-end detectors such as the Safescan 2600 series automatically identify the UV features in modern banknotes using sophisticated UV and photonics sensors.
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Safescan 2865-S UK Easy Clean Value Banknote Counter Central banks use ferromagnetic ink—which comes in many colours—to print banknotes with complex magnetic patterns that don’t look any different to the naked eye. Central banks also weave metallic thread into their banknotes, in specific sizes and locations. Manual magnetic detectors can help you weed out simple fakes that don’t contain magnetic ink or thread. Higher-end detectors such as Safescan 155 that can catch even sophisticated counterfeits: they are programmed to identify the specific thread and ink patterns unique to each supported currency and denomination using multiple magnetic sensors.
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Safescan 155-S Automatic Counterfeit Detector Today’s banknotes are printed with inks that exhibit special behavior under light in the infrared band of the electromagnetic spectrum. There are two kinds of IR ink: ink that reflects IR light (glows), and ink that absorbs IR light (turns black). Both are invisible in normal daylight and can only be detected by special devices. Manual IR detectors such as the Safescan 235 let you visually inspect how a banknote responds to IR frequencies; automated detectors such as Safescan 155 that automatically identify the specific IR response patterns unique to each supported currency and denomination, using a series of IR reflecting and IR absorbing sensors.
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Central banks manufacture each banknote denomination to a very precise length, width and thickness. (In the US, every denomination has exactly the same dimensions, but most currencies use a unique size for each banknote value.) Sophisticated counterfeit detectors such as the Safescan 155 that use pulsing LED transceiver pairs and infrared sensor banks to measure a banknote’s size and thickness down to a tenth of a millimetre—smaller than the full stop at the end of this sentence.
Safescan 155-S Automatic Counterfeit Detector Central banks print each banknote with coloured inks in complex patterns that are unique to each denomination. Sophisticated counterfeit detectors such as the Safescan 155-S automatically scans your banknotes on up to seven security features, including infrared ink, magnetic ink, metallic threads, watermarks, colour, size and thickness.
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Central banks are constantly working to improve banknote security as new techniques emerge. Safescan’s currency management team keeps abreast of these developments and updates our detection software as soon as new banknotes are announced. We notify you when an update is ready; all you have to do is install it using the USB port ① or microSD slot ② on the back of your Safescan device. When the new note enters circulation, your Safescan detector will be ready for it.

Efficiency Problems Vs Solutions

A money scale is a compact device that can handle all your cash counting. Banknote counters can’t count coins; coin counters can’t count bank notes. Banknote counters don’t let you enter manual values for cheques and credit cards; coin counters don’t link up to cash management software. But money scales like the Safescan 6165 and Safescan 6175 can do it all; count coins, banknotes, vouchers, coupons, tokens, chips and export all your data to cash-handling software.
Money scales like Safescan 6165 rapidly value counts coins and banknotes with the highest level of accuracy. Within a minute, you will know the exact value of your cash drawer, and have a complete overview ready to add to your administration. Perfect for when you need to cash-up quickly. Thanks to its adaptive design, large display and user-friendly interface, your cash counting will be easier, faster and more reliable than ever.
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Money scales like Safescan 6175 rapidly value counts coins, banknotes and even non-cash items with the highest level of accuracy. Within minutes you will know the exact value of each cash drawer, and have a complete overview stored on your device and ready to add to your administration. Perfect for when you need to count multiple cash drawers quickly. Thanks to its adaptive design, large display and improved user-friendly interface, your cash counting will be easier, faster and more reliable than ever.
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Each year, the Bank of England publishes how many banknotes are in circulation and how much they are worth. In 2022 only a small fraction, typically less than 0.0042% of banknotes were counterfeit, that is less than 1 in 24,000 bank notes. Counterfeit notes are created illegally and are worthless.

Counterfeit notes are removed from circulation by banks and the police and are sent to us for analysis. These charts show the number we receive each year and their notional face value (they are worthless). Counterfeiting has substantially reduced since 2019 as a result of a combination of factors such as the introduction of more robust polymer banknotes and the subsequent withdrawal of the older paper designs, successful police action on the sources and distribution of counterfeits and the general move to electronic payments. Counterfeit volumes were also substantially affected by the lockdown periods in 2020 and 2021.
This chart shows how many counterfeit notes the Bank of England receives and their denomination. This data includes counterfeits of both current and old series notes.
Below graph take from the Bank of England's website

Experience relief from the challenges posed by counterfeit money with Safescan's advanced solutions. Our state-of-the-art counterfeit detection technology is meticulously designed to identify fake banknotes swiftly and accurately. By integrating Safescan into your cash-handling processes, you can confidently ensure the authenticity of every banknote, safeguarding your business from financial losses and potential legal implications. Say goodbye to the uncertainty and protect your profits with Safescan's reliable and effective counterfeit money solution with Safescan 155-S.

In less than half a second the Safescan 155-S checks your banknotes on up to seven security features and verifies them with the highest precision, so even the most sophisticated counterfeits don't stand a chance. Thanks to its uniquely compact design and large display the Safescan 155-S is not only quick and accurate, it can also be used in all sales environments. No matter how small! You can check your banknotes whenever and wherever you need.

I want to be more efficient and productive on cashing up, what can I do?
Are you facing issues with counterfeit money?

Cash Handling Problems Vs Solutions

Do you find yourself handling a lot of cash and in need of a reliable counter?

Discover the perfect solution with Safescan! If you're frequently managing substantial amounts of cash, our range of high-performance cash counters is designed to streamline your operations. Experience accurate and efficient cash counting with Safescan's cutting-edge technology, tailored to meet the demands of your business. Say goodbye to manual counting errors and hello to reliable precision. Safescan is your partner in effortless cash management.

The Safescan 2865-S rapidly value counts mixed notes while simultaneously verifying them on up to seven security features. Perfect for when you need to process large stacks of cash quickly. Thanks to its smart design, high-definition touch display and intelligent interface in your local language your cash counting will be easier, faster and more accurate than ever.

Bank of England Note Checking Scheme

The Banknote Checking Scheme is initiated by the Bank of England to help businesses and the public verify the authenticity of banknotes and identify counterfeit currency. The scheme provides educational resources, training, and guidelines to assist individuals and organizations in recognizing genuine banknotes and detecting counterfeit ones. The Bank of England Banknote Checking Scheme offers training materials, workshops, and online resources that focus on the security features of genuine banknotes. These features may include elements like watermarks, holograms, security threads, and other advanced security measures incorporated into banknotes to prevent counterfeiting. The Banknote Checking Scheme helps you train your staff, stay up-to-date with best practices and learn about important banknote developments. You can learn more about Banknote Checking Scheme on Bank of England website, here!