In this post I answer a few reader questions on specific dollar bills with their errors and serial numbers …
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I’m not at all qualified to say what these kinds of things are worth, but I can say what I’d try to do if the same bill showed up in my wallet.
The great news is that each of these dollar bills is worth at least a dollar. The not-so-great news is that some of them may be worth just a dollar.
Currency error: Slight miscut
Reader James sent me this picture of a dollar bill with a slight horizontal miscut. The bottom bill is the one he was asking about:
(I can only assume that the bottom of the bill isn’t cut off, but that’s where the picture ended.)
I give him props for noticing the misalignment of the field. I’m sure that I’ve spent lots of bills like this without even noticing!
Nonetheless, I’d probably just spend this bill. Looking on eBay with Sold Listings checked there were a few miscut bills that sold, but they were miscut worse than this one. Additionally, some of them had misalignment of some of the elements on the bill (like the seal was way off of where it should be). Adding to this that the bill has creases and has the general appearance of being circulated, I wouldn’t try to sell it.
Fancy serial number: Sixes and nines
Reader Cheryl asked about this potential fancy serial number:
Hello. I found a repeater and I am wondering if it’s valuable? B09626960F Thanks!
I don’t have a picture of the bill, so I can only assume it’s circulated.
If I got this bill, I’d at least take a second look at it. There are a lot of round-ish numbers in there.
Calling it a repeater might be a stretch — but looking at what sells on eBay for fancy serial numbers it might be worth a shot. It does have more symmetry than a lot of numbers, and 96 and 0 have the advantage that they looks the same if you turn them upside-down. The serial number starts and ends with zero, and 96 is in there twice. There is a set of three two-digit numbers that end in 6.
If I had a few hours to invest I might try to write a story about the bill and sell it on eBay along with some other bills.
Fancy serial number: Paired off
I received an email from (another) James about this:
I have a dollar bill with a serial number of 44119966. Is it worth anything?
Again, I don’t have a picture of the bill, so I can only assume it’s circulated.
If I ran across this bill I’d definitely try to sell it. Recent auctions on eBay for similar circulated bills have gone for between $5 and $10.
So, yeah, I’d give this one a shot!
Have any dollar bills or serial numbers you want to know about?
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