How does locating lost money(cash) by serial number work? Like it’s cash, not digital money, how can you locate a physical object if it doesn’t connect to anything digital?

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How does locating lost money(cash) by serial number work? Like it’s cash, not digital money, how can you locate a physical object if it doesn’t connect to anything digital?

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Poorly.

Sure, some central banks scan the serial numbers and record them, but nobody else does. Even if a serial number is flagged for law enforcement notification, that notification is at best a lead on “the last place it was used”, hardly the “location”.

The numbers are primarily for identification. If the money can be connected to a suspect, after a robbery for instance, it can be used to support the case against them. That’s it, basically.