This is a strange story, and many people sent various versions of it, so I decided to blog about it, because as one might expect, I have a rather different high octane speculation "take" to offer than the usual conventional analysis. But let me select two versions of this story, the first shared by Ms. C.V., and the second by Ms. K.M. The story concerns a sudden surge in U.S. $100 dollar notes in circulation:

What In The World Is Happening This Week?

There's been a mysterious surge in $100 bills in circulation, possibly linked to global corruption

Now, you'll note that in the Corbett Report version of the story, the hypothesis is advanced that the only prior time there was such a surge in $100 notes in circulation was prior to 9/11:

That’s right, for those who remember the story of Federal Reserve whistleblower William Bergman, a sharp increase in money supply was something that caught the attention of Fed researchers in the wake of 9/11. When he began looking into that spike, and why the Federal Reserve Board of Governors had issued a non-routine supervisory letter warning Fed banks to be vigilant in monitoring suspicious activity reports in August 2001, he was told that he had committed “an egregious breach of protocol in calling the Board staff and asking the question.” Needless to say, Bergman was eventually ousted from his position.

So there are many possible reasons for the increase in $100 bills, and surely all of them have at least some part to play here, but we have to at least suspect that there may be an even darker cause for this as-yet-unexplained development.

In fact, as the article also points out, there are now more $100 notes in circulation than $1 notes, and that, according to the story, presages some "catalyzing event", i.e., another false flag like 9/11 perhaps.

But then there's the second story, which has a rather different take:

Generally, economists believe the surge is related to people around the world wanting to hoard cash, a similar force that's driven the interest in cryptocurrencies. High denomination, high value currency notes have historically been a preferred form of payment for criminals, given the anonymity, lack of transaction record and relative ease with which they can be brought across borders.

Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, has been down the "rabbit hole of a topic" for more than a decade. He said the growth in $100 bills in circulation is a signal the world is relying on them as a store of value — and still using them for international crime.

In this version people are simply hoarding the notes as a "store of value"; call it the "cash in the mattress" hypothesis. And as the article also points out, large denomination notes are the favored means of transaction of criminals. But there's another possibility: more and more people are waking up to the hideous nature of "surveillance capitalism" and are conducting transactions in cash. Perhaps I am projecting my own behavior here, for like many people, I do shop online and pay by card. But I've tried to curtail this as much as I can, and in local shopping, I have tried to increase my use of cash, have declined enrollment for a "rewards card" at several local businesses, and still pay all bills by check. So I suspect at least some of this increase may be due to more and more people preferring cash as payment.

But there is, I strongly suspect, yet another possibility here, and it's of a very disturbing "high octane" speculative nature. We may call this the "Raymond Reddington" hypothesis, though it might equally be called the "A-Team" or "Operation Bernhard" hypothesis. And what I mean by that is that there have been in television, movies, and books, the theme of actual and official U.S. $100 note plates being in "circulation" and "use" by various independent criminal groups, by "rogue" regimes, and so on. In the well-known American television series Blacklist, the international criminal Raymond Reddington acquires such plates in season three, and promptly turns them over to the government of - here it comes - Venezuela. In the movie The A-Team, such plates were secretly shipped to Iraq by the U.S. government, only to be stolen by an American general for his own purposes. And recently, there was a book by an Italian author (Supernotes, by Agent Kasper and Luigi Carletti), which was one of those "works of fiction" that one has to wonder about, for it has that "feel" of authenticity about it. In the book, an agent for Italian intelligence is contracted by American intelligence to investigate the use of such plates by  - here it comes again - North Korea.  reading the book, I was left with that sickly nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach that the "novel" had the ring of truth to it. After all, it was the Italian Guardia di Finanza police who first apprehended those two Japanese gentlement carrying absurd amounts of bearer bonds into Switzerland from Italy. The Guardia are rumored to be some of the best "finance intelligence" people in the world, so from that point of view, the novel made sense.

I recall also the World War Two Nazi counterfeiting operation known as Operation Bernhard, which I wrote about in my book Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations. As I maintained in that book, Operation Bernhard was essentially a state-sponsored project of very unconventional counterfeiting in the sense that the Nazis attempted - quite successfully as it turned out - to reverse engineer the entire process of the printing of British pound sterling notes.The result in some cases were counterfeit notes that, for all intents and purposes, were genuine to the extent that banks could not distinguish the real ones from the "fake" ones. In essence, the Nazis simple set up the unauthorized production of British pound sterling notes. One would be hard-pressed to argue that a similar process could not be done with the $100 note, given enough time, investment, and technical know-how from "rogue actors", be they nation-states or otherwise.

And there is the final possibility, and it goes once again to my "hidden system of finance" hypothesis, for lurking behind the "Raymond Reddington/A-Team" idea is a disturbing implication and eventuality: that someone, at some time, stole the plates to begin with (and perhaps, using those, replicated more plates). That would require access to them to begin with... just the sort of "covert operation" certain intelligence actors could conceivably pull off. After all, if one was running a hidden system of finance, the easiest and most obvious method to do so would be to set up shop somewhere "unreachable" (like, say, North Korea), and just print the money as needed, and give the North Koreans a share of the cut for doing "business."

The simple and bottom line for the sudden surge of $100 notes in circulation is simply that someone is running the printing presses. The not-so-simple-and-bottom-line is, who is actually doing it, and where? And the answer may be that it is not simply the U.S. Mint doing it.

See you on the flip side...


Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Ronin on March 11, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Its not like these plates haven’t gone missing in the past, haha. I’m sure there was nothing to see here, folks…


  2. zendogbreath on March 8, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    given the nature of the business, someone’s intel service somewhere has to be involved if not wholly responsible. if not every intel service everywhere.

    not to exclude rogue elements in those arenas. hmm didn’t something similar happen on any number of large emergency scenario drills gone live on how many false flag attacks in the last 20 years?

    i wouldn’t want to guess too loudly that bureaucrats with dual citizenships in ussa and voldemortistan would have any interest in this process. or that their covert twin in petrolistan were involved.

  3. Scott S on March 7, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Didn’t the US give Iran plates and material to print US currency back in the 1970s?

    • zendogbreath on March 8, 2019 at 10:30 pm

      that’s what i’m remembering. to the shah right?

  4. Pierre on March 7, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    My talking head often sings “oohh something aint right”.
    Counterfeit currency was also used in fomenting the French Revolution, French francs made in England.
    Helen Nesta Websters Secret Societies and Subversive Unmentionable Tribe Members. David Icke now calls Soros a Chinese Financier, he is a good boy.

    • zendogbreath on March 8, 2019 at 10:40 pm

      that reminds me. how is it provocateurs like icke and jones are not at each other’s throats as one sells voldemortistan as hard as any propagandist can while the other calls their owners reptiles?

  5. Vajra on March 7, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Seems despite the variety of perspectives that most here figure it’s highly likely that somebody IS printing money to suit their own interests, the question is who.
    $100 dollar bills sound about right for that – big enough not to need a wheelbarrow, small enough to be relatively easily exchanged.
    Don’t know how it works, is there any genuine cap or linkage to anything which determines how much money can be printed in the US?
    In the absence of such a cap (likely since it seems (?) the reserve status of and hence international demand for the currency seems to make it more or less inflation proof) it seems possible that a US ‘state’ actor could be involved – especially given the rickety state of the US public finances.
    Guessing, but it’d probably require a fairly mainstream channel to move large quantities of smallish denomination cash like that into circulation – might that narrow down the list of possible suspects?
    Would a non-US state actor, or a another state under pressure to settle bills in dollars or some agency or other (known or otherwise) have the means of doing this?
    How once it’s into circulation short of a lucky break/it having come through a fairly obvious channel could one track down the source anyway?
    If it’s US state originating should it not be possible to tie that down using note numbers and other forensic measures?
    The possibility too is that getting somebody to act on that would likely be a PR/political can of worms, it’s possible that even the mainstream system would not want to do so…

    • zendogbreath on March 8, 2019 at 10:26 pm

      you highlighted for me one party conspicuously not mentioned – what about a fascist player – corporati. can anyone imagine any corporate players that would team up for such a think? monstersanto, academi, wells fargone, msft, carlyle group, lockheed martin, dyncorp,……………….?

      ok let’s rephrase that. can anyone think of corporate players who would not team up for such an op?

  6. SoCal G on March 6, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    I wonder if one could say, get their sticky fingers on one of those $100 plates, and being an engaging and technically savvy business minded entrepreneur, or a like minded non nation state group, digitally computer scan your original plate and then print a select number of copies using a high grade 3D printer and sell those for a nice tidy sum to certain interested parties?

    Besides of course making your own $100.00 bills.

  7. Foglamp on March 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I’m not sure why this is a story. Between Lehman and its peak in 2104-15, the monetary base almost quintupled; so a report that the number of USD100 notes has doubled since 2008 is not newsworthy, is it?

  8. marcos toledo on March 6, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Faction would be a better word for what you are describing Joseph. As for the rain of hundred dollar bills, I bet that’s a more likely an inside job but the real question is who are the insiders behind this game.

  9. goshawks on March 6, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I keep coming back to one scene in the second (Robert Downey Jr) Sherlock Holmes movie. Holmes’ lover has been called to meet with Professor James Moriarty. She fears for her life (rightly), so only agrees to a meeting in a busy restaurant. She shows up and sits, Moriarty snaps his fingers, and all the restaurant staff and patrons immediately depart. (And she is killed.)

    This is the scale of deception being practiced in the world today. It is baked into the system. The surge in $100 notes in circulation is within that Reality. It comes from the top down; it is approved from above. If there is counterfeiting going on, it is organized and funded from a “Moriarty” level, not from some outsider. Why will probably never be known. Who is much easier…

    • zendogbreath on March 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      more than agreed. given the current level of surveillance what are the odds that the surveillors don’t know exactly every detail about the deal? not to mention have control over all the evidence they need to prove in any court whatever they want to prove about who ever they want to prove it. unless of course the culprits are the surveillors themselves.

  10. Bryce on March 6, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Several scenarios pop into my mind.
    Pallets of money were flown to Iran. Retaliation for sanctions? BeeBee’s indictment?

    Then if you’ve read “The Money Plane” those counterfeiting plates were provided in the 90’s by those spooky critters. There’s still a Dominic Dunn “Power, Privilege & Justice” re: the “Safra” death on YT.

    The newer bills can be tracked globally with that pretty blue vertical stripe. Were they the newest or the UN-trackable?

    And finally about 8yrs ago when I used to trade & had the idiot box on to watch the quotron…some “guest” briefly interviewed mentioned his firm was collecting ALL the pre-2009 one dollar bills they could get their hands on. That struck me as so odd. The first thing that came to mind was a reset. Since a silver certificate is worth about the same as confederate scrip…I failed to grasp the method to his madness. I received calls from a few folks that heard that comment…we all thought reset.

  11. Katie B on March 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    It’s those pesky Fratellis!!

  12. Brandolino on March 6, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Those hoarding cash beware!
    Inflation, hair cuts, principal reductions redemption penalties loom! Hold cash for
    Any length and lose. Lose worse than holding gold. I
    Feel cash and it’s definition are evolving. Go purple, force
    All holders of green bills to exchange them for newly issued purple bills! All redemptions by a set date, all bills exchanged must be sourced, all green bills garbage after the deadline.
    This effectively eliminates all
    Illegal capital from organized
    Crime, as long as our banks
    Are not part of any laundering
    Schemes beyond our black
    Ops budgets !!! Lol

    • zendogbreath on March 8, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      just like india eh?

  13. Roger on March 6, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Notice how new 100 dollar bills are split in half. Half green the other half blue with gold. Green half has Federal Reserve Note and blue half has US Treasury. Remember when Trump said we have lots of gold. Perhaps when the economy bursts we may learn half the hundred is backed by gold. Perhaps those in the know are converting as many lesser bills as they can to hundreds and holding as many as they can physically before the banks and economy get reset.

    • OrigensChild on March 6, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      And, I always thought it had something to do with Benjamin Franklin’s portrait on them. (LOL)

  14. Robert Barricklow on March 6, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Again post as I read.
    Read first paragraph/Venezuela?
    Corbett Report/Whoa Nellie!!!
    Crime> that pays is crime that stays.
    Reminds me of Iran/North Korea counterfeiting meme.
    Ah! The WW11 Nazi counterfeiting; that rings true.

    Now, is this up-teen-zillion dollar security apparatus up-to-snuff – to sniff this out?
    Or, is this another inside job?

    Cui Bono or Caveat Emptor?

    • Robert Barricklow on March 6, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Does anyone smell Rothschild?

    • OrigensChild on March 6, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      I smell someone, Robert. It may be Rothschild, but then again, there may be other players, too. Without a doubt their influence exists–but it may be folly to assume they have the influence they once did. Walter Bosley’s “Esoteric Napoleon” gives me room for pause with respect to the breakaway civilization idea. If there is more than one break away civilization, the Rothschilds may have some very serious competition. The Rothschild’s may not be necessarily the ones holding the proverbial trump card, either. As usual, we the people are stuck in the middle. Again…

      Is that the Talking Heads I hear? “Once in a Lifetime” seems to be the name of the economic game. But the phrase, “same as it ever was” keeps looping through history like a seed whose time has yet to flower.

  15. WalkingDead on March 6, 2019 at 7:49 am

    My suspicions lie more along a certain counterfeit “tribal” line and it’s globalist enablers. Usurpers who have assumed a chosen identity in order to perpetrate their criminal enterprises on the world stage.

  16. DanaThomas on March 6, 2019 at 7:43 am

    The disadvantage – or advantage – of reserve currency status is the worldwide circulation not only of the digital but also the paper currency. That these widely used banknotes are subject to manipulation is surely a given, and attacks on cash use by ordinary people is just the other side of a coin where anything goes for the fortunate few.
    The British banknotes “made in Germany” were finally withdrawn after world war II, with the definitive demise of sterling as the international reserve currency.
    When rikshaw drivers in small Asian towns start rejecting paper dollars with an ironic smile, we’ll know that the dollar reserve currency status is really a thing of the past.

    • Robert Barricklow on March 6, 2019 at 11:25 am

      Attack on cash?
      I like it!

    • Robert Barricklow on March 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      Love your rickshaw drivers analogy.
      Would make for a great opening line/scene
      for a an economic warfare thriller/movie.

      • DanaThomas on March 6, 2019 at 2:37 pm

        Now reality is stranger than fiction, and yesterday’s speculations are often today’s facts. Obscure stories from old newspapers and movies suddenly gain new relevance…

        • Robert Barricklow on March 6, 2019 at 3:07 pm

          The controlled demolition bust$;
          the subsequent, in-the-loop “connected”, boom$.
          Repeat & rinse.
          Some assembly may be required.

  17. anakephalaiosis on March 6, 2019 at 6:14 am


    When Christ was standing alone,
    darkness came to throne,
    and threw into prison
    light of reason, 
    drawing sword from stone.

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