Filming for the movie “Alongside Night” began Dec. 3 in Las Vegas, Nev. I have previously written about my involvement in this film, where privately-manufactured gold tokens are displacing U.S. government paper money in large parts of the economy in the year 2018.
In one scene, a teacher enters a classroom to find that one of his students is depositing Federal Reserve Notes into her bank account by scanning them on her cell phone. Once each note is scanned, the bank’s automated voice tells her that the particular note is now void and should be burned. In the scene, the student has a stack of notes on her desk about three inches high. Naturally, good business practices would not allow a total of $27,000 of Federal Reserve Notes to be burned for this scene.
Instead, the currency is one of the issues of movie money made to look like official U.S. issues, but not so close that they risk running afoul of counterfeiting prohibitions.
An accompanying photo shows many passing similarities to Federal Reserve Notes, but none that are exactly like them.
Major filming will run for two weeks. The second major film period will be in January 2013. The intention is to have the film’s premiere at the Anthem Film Festival held in conjunction with the Freedom Fest in Las Vegas in the second week of July 2013.
Patrick A. Heller is the American Numismatic Association 2012 Harry Forman Numismatic Dealer of the Year Award winner. He owns Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, Mich., and writes “Liberty’s Outlook,” a monthly newsletter on rare coins and precious metals subjects.