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Fake or real? Tunisian customs seize ‘$1 million currency note’

The note was in the possession of a citizen from Libya who arrived in Tunisia at the D'hiba border crossing of the province of Tataouine

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Tunisian Customs seized a one-million-dollar note and a certificate alleging its authenticity and value on Thursday.

The note was in the possession of a citizen from Libya who arrived in Tunisia at the D'hiba border crossing of the province of Tataouine.

Tunisian Media reported that this banknote has a very special value since they are traded among central banks, businessmen or petroleum companies.

However, according to the United States Treasury Department’s website, no one-million-dollar note has ever been produced legally or originally.

“People have sent in copies of these notes. We have found that they are nonnegotiable platinum certificates known as a "One Million Dollar Special Issue." These notes were from a special limited copyrighted art series originally sold by a Canadian firm for $1.00 each as a collectible item,” according to a statement published on the US Treasury’s website.

“They are not official United States currency notes manufactured by our Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP). As such, they are not redeemable by the Department of the Treasury.”