Click on each picture to learn about pricing and desirability of each fancy serial number. This begins with A, and moves through the alphabet each time a new series is needed for example, each time there is a new secretary of the treasury, the bill design changes because the secretary's signature is on all currency. I have shown a 1928-C which is a better series. Iam no expert on paper currency, but perhaps someone who is can be a little more precise in the answer. Read from Paper Money magazine to find out. With the near solid notes there are only two numbers in the serial number so all near solid notes are also binary notes. Examples of consecutive bills would be two bills in your hand with one having the serial number 97350342 and the other having 97350343.
Condition, the type of error or variety in the piece, the aging of the bill or coin, and so forth. Even the collectors catalogs define bookends as having the before and after notes example 11223343 11223344 11223345 so 43 and 45 are the bookends of 11223344. I would check with a coin dealer on it for another opinion. An example of a radar note would be 03688630 or 96255269. That being said, unless the bill is extremely worn and ripped, any of the above mentioned serial numbered bills will still be worth more than their face value even if the bill has been in circulation for awhile.
However, if you find a replacement note with a particularly interesting serial number -- like 00000001 or 999999999 -- or a large number of consecutively numbered replacement notes that you keep together as a lot, you may have a collector's item on your hands. If the star symbol is solid and not holed then the star is not a replacement star. The second is a one dollar bill with a serial number L 14011666 H. You can pick up a used copy on Amazon. Fun to talk about but unless you find something super rare not worth the time. These bills are called repeating notes or repeater notes.
An example of a true binary would be 00011011. Radars are kind of lame to collectors, to be blunt. Yes, but it might be hard to actually make money on it. An example of this would be a serial number of 22222222. Photo courtesy All modern United States currency contains either a 10- or 11-digit serial number in order to make each bill unique. Repeater - In a repeater serial number, the second half of the serial number is the same as the first half. Repeaters Another serial number that often attracts collectors is one that repeats the numbers in the serial number.
Seven-Of-A-Kind - In a seven-of-a-kind serial number, seven digits are all the same. Radar Repeater - A radar repeater is both a radar and a repeater. Because pulling the note would cause a gap in the numerical sequence of the notes they can't just ignore it. Reusing that exact serial number to replace the imperfect note is costly and time consuming. There is slight tape reside which held the sheet to the original cardboard conatainer on each corner note but I did not want to risk ruining the sheet trying to remove the very minor tape residue which is hard to see anyway. These bills have serial numbers that depict a full date rather than just a year.
At the time of a series change, the suffix letter returns to the letter A and repeats the cycle. Higher denomination notes are more difficult to sell unless they have a truly unique serial number. Low - Low serial numbers, especially those 00000100 and under, are considered fancy. Small size notes will have a letter after the date if the design was changed slightly or the signatures changed. You can also find the series of the bill printed directly to the bottom-right of the portrait.
On some notes, a star appears in place of the last letter. A star note will have a serial number that either begins or ends with a star symbol. I have owned one of these in my collecting days and it was in lower grade. Keep in mind, low serial number bills are printed every day. Low Numbers By far, the most popular type of bill that collectors want are bills with low serial numbers. The only other circumstance that the asterick is used is if its the first or last note in a series instead of using eight zeros.
Binary - In a binary serial number, only two numbers appear. While printing notes, if a note is damaged it is marked in red pencil or sticker to be pulled from production. There has to be a Dead head who wants that and I am sure there is a dead head who collects cash. They become more of interest to collectors when they are consecutive and also possess one or more of the other traits mentioned in this article. However, in almost every other case, the addition of a star symbol to a fancy serial number does add a little extra pizzazz. Due to the difficulty of finding binary notes, there is also demand from collectors for bills which have three different numbers in any combination. When an imperfect sheet is detected during the manufacturing process after the serial number has been overprinted, it must be replaced with a new sheet.
I have searched and called a couple places but no one can give me any information on the solid star or why the stars are smaller than my other star notes. © Copyright 2009-2019 Cool Serial Numbers. One of the more popular types of bills for people to collect are what are referred to as birthday notes. Any string of numbers that have a special meaning to someone or some thing will likely be coveted by some collector. For example, consecutive bills that are also a binary bills: 45554454 and 45554455.