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Radioactive Coding for Checks  
  Special coding system to easily recognize checks.  

One real improvement I had not appreciated up to then was the universal checkbook system; with a single cybernet as clearinghouse for the whole city and radioactive coding on my checkbook, I got cash laid in my palm as quickly there as I could have gotten it at my home bank across from Hired Girl, Inc.
From The Door Into Summer, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1956
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