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05 Dec 2017


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

So, I was at the store the other day picking up a few items I needed. I paid for everything and received my change, a couple of bucks. I started to put the money in my wallet when I noticed one of the bills felt odd. Being a good numismatist, I checked it out further. To my surprise it turned out to be a Silver Certificate. A nice old Series 1935A. What a surprise. Then it got even better. On the back was a bunch of writing. It turned out to be, I think, 3 signatures along with the date they were signed. To help me and everyone else out, it also included the words "Short Snorter" on the edge. I actually received a Silver Certificate short snorter in my change. Talk about clean living paying off! A short snorter is a banknote that was circulated around during World War II that people traveling together signed. Each person received their own note. The practice is believed to be started in the 1920's by Alaskan Bush pilots that caught on in the military. With everyoneinthe group having their own copy, it was all good. Later, if you happened to run into your fellow snorter all you had to do was call him or her out for it. If he or shefailedto produce his copy, he or she owed you a buck or a drink. Many famous people have signed some of these and they arereadilycollected. I hope you enjoyed this story of numismatic luck. I most likely should have mentioned the store was my coin dealer. He likes to do things like that to me in my change. See if I'm on my toes. Yes, he did let me keep it. I have collectedquitea bit of change from him, over the years that I can't spend! Please feel free to comment. Thanks for your time.

25 Nov 2017

Large Denomination FRN $10,000

Paper Money-U.S. | Jason Crook CPA CFE LLC

I've come across a possible US $10,000 bill, and I know they are extremely rare and probably equally difficult to authenticate. According to the research I've done it seems most of the known to survive bills came from the Binion Casino hoard. It seems there are only about 336 known to exist so I assume finding an authentic one is a treasure indeed.

26 Oct 2017


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Here are two examples of Civil War era currency. Both are from banks in Louisiana, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Both are also in the amount of five dollars.

29 Aug 2017

2013 Star Note Major Misaligned Front and Back

Paper Money-U.S. | user_38189

I took the bills to a local coin and paper money shop to get some help in figuring out their value and ran into another hurdle. The employee conferredwith everyone in the shop and, after reviewing a spiral bound book on mint errors, indicated that the bill only could have been made by cutting an uncut sheet. I told him my story and after explaining how I was the one that cut the wrapper off the BEP brick before counting the bills, he believes the bill needs to be graded and authenticated before it can be valued.

15 Aug 2017


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Having decided to branch out into paper currency, has open up a whole new world for me. There is a lot of studying and research to do before buying anything. Lucky I love research and the knowledge it brings. It also is giving me a new look at history. This is the second note I took a chance on my new found knowledge and bid on and won a raw note! So far I have done pretty well on both. This is a Large Size,. Series of 1899 One Dollar Silver Certificate. Commonly called a horse blanket due to it's size. This particular design is called the Black Eagle Note. Official name of vignette is Eagle of the Capitol. A vignette is an ornamental element of a bank note. This particular note is a Fr#233. The Fr stands for Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg. He is the Breen of paper money. Each type of currency has a different number due to changes on it. In this case the number 233 denotes the two signatures on it. They are, here, Tehee and Burke. The Friedberg number can make a huge difference in price on the same style note. This note came back from PMG, the paper money arm of NGC, as a 30 Very Fine EPQ. The EPQ stands for Exceptional Paper Quality. The 30 means the note will be lightly circulated and may have light soiling. There will typically be seven to ten folds. I won this note at auction and paid a modest price for it. Even taking in the cost of grading, I did alright. I'm having a ton of fun with this new interest in Numismatics. I recommend that you take a look at it. Most people collect either coins or paper money, not both. I say try it all! Thanks for looking and I look forward to your comments!

03 Feb 2017

Fancy Serial Numbers

Paper Money-U.S. | Conan Barbarian

i have been keeping all of the fancy serial numbers that have come my way (3 or more doubles like 223344, triples 333, quads 4444, patterns 121212, and anything along those lines). i also have a few error type notes like the 2 solo pictures. the first is the 8 has an ink spill and the second the serial number on the top right is lighter than the other (faded).

10 Sep 2016

1899 Indian Chief $5 Silver Certificate

Paper Money-U.S. | Kepi

This is a new area of collecting for me. "Old American Currency" I don't know much about this subject...but I'm learning. (Us Numi's are always learning right) : ) I love the old designs, the amazing artwork, larger size and overall impressive look of our yesteryear currency. Our money used to be so COOL...What happened? I just added this Indian Chief to my collection and hope to get it graded soon. I know it's well worn but a nice example of a very popular note. In the future I'd like to add the $10 Buffalo Note, some of the Educational Series and the Black Eagle. If anyone could recommend a good book on our paper money please let me know. Thanks!

01 Sep 2016

favorite US paper money that you own

Paper Money-U.S. | user_69262

what is your favorite US paper money that you own mine is the 1899 Black Eagle $1 silver certificate.


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