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20 Sep 2022

What is a Star Note? 🤔

Paper Money-U.S. | 412Numismatics

• A Star Note, also commonly referred to as a Replacement Note, can be identified by a star (✫) at either the prefix (silver certificates, gold certificates, and legal tender notes) or the suffix (federal reserve notes) of a banknote's serial number.• When a sheet of freshly printed banknotes is examined, and there seems to be a flaw with the final product after several quality check reviews, the Federal Reserve will dispose of the defected sheet(s) and print new bills with a star (✫), as compared to the block letter (A - Z excluding O and Z), which the previous misprinted notes' serial numbers contained.• The rarity of these banknotes typically depends on the print-run (how many were printed in the run in total); however, several other factors can contribute to this indication such as the issue (or series), whether it was a regular print-run or a sheet print-run, etc.• Occasionally, rather newer Federal Reserve Star Notes can be found in your everyday pocket change from either the grocery store cashier or gas station clerk, or potentially an ATM machine.Have you ever found a Star Note, and if so, where? 🧐@412numismatics

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03 Sep 2022

Series, Serial numbers, and Errors on US Currency

Paper Money-U.S. | TCHTrove

Here's a little something that I found fascinating(Hopefully you will too.), and many may not be aware of. The photos provided are a small portion of the Star Notes in my collection.Let's start with the Series dates.The series date on a note does not represent the year the note was printed. Instead it signifies the year that a certain design was approved and adopted by the treasury department. The series year is printed twice on older printings of US currency, newer issues have it only once. Determining the actual printing date of a note most often can only be done be referencing the signatures of treasurer, and secretary, as well as the serial number. Very early notes prior to 1869 had no "Series" number. These were only identified by the act which authorized it, such as the act of 1863. The serial number itself uniquely identified each note, except for those issues that exceeded one million bills. At that point, the sequence of serial numbers started over, and the notes were overprinted with a series number. It would then read 1863 series 1, or 1863 series 2 and so on. The highest number used was "Series 187", which appeared on United States notes of 1863 in the $5denomination. Starting in 1869 the series date appeared on all notes of the same design, and was only changed when there was a major change is the design. The first notes printed by the Federal Reserve was the series of 1914, the second was the series of 1918. All of these were large size notes, also known as "horse blankets". The first series of small sized notes was the series of 1928. In 1950 the word "of" was dropped from the series date. Before 1974 major changes in design were fairly rare. Minor changes were marked by adding a suffix letter to the series date, such as "Series of 1935 A". Some issues of certain designs ran for many years. As an example, $2 United States notes bearing the series date of 1928, were printed into the early 1950's. After 1974 whenWilliam E. Simonbecame Secretary of the Treasury, the signature ofa new Secretary of the Treasury was considered a major change.Serial Numbers:All US notes are printed with an eight digit numerical number, as well as an alphabetical prefix and suffix. For security and accountability, no two notes of the same type, denomination, or series may have the same serial number. The numbering machines can ONLY print eight digits. Beginning with the serial number A00 000 001A. The suffix letter remains A remains until a total of 25 groups of 99,999,999 notes are numbered, with each group having a different prefix. A note should NEVER be released with eight zeros. Although at least one has been reported.Star Notes:Star Notes occur when during the inspection process a note is found to be imperfect, whether misprinted, or miscut. When an error is detected, it is removed and replaced with a Star Note. The star notes are exactly the same as regular notes except an independent series of serial numbers is assigned. These are not actually intended to be released with the regular issue counterparts, but only as a necessary. Imperfections in printing are not usually related to the plates themselves. Most often they are related to the misalignment of the plates or equipment, or a number of other various occurrences. Whether it be folds in the sheets, debris in the presses, or an error in overprinting, most are never released. This is why true errors are highly sought by collectors, and can carry a very high premium.I know that I have left out many details, as I didn’t intend to write a book, and there is a HUGE amount of information to be discovered pertaining to currency. Hopefully you have learned at least something new. Some of the information presented comes from Wikipedia (not the best source), most was taken from Whitman's 5th edition of United States Currency. A very handy book with a wealth of information on all types of US currency.

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03 Sep 2022

SERIES 681 MPC

Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Recently we seem to be looking at currency serial numbers. I would like to add to the discussion with a new purchase I received the other day. A lot of our members are aware that I collect MPC or Military Payment Certificates. I subscribe to an MPC newsletter called the Gram. Two weeks ago someone listed these two notes shown below for sale and I scooped them up.

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01 Sep 2022

US $10 FRNs with serial numbers' oddities

Paper Money-U.S. | AC coin$

Hamilton's ($10 bills) secrets, I've chosen to name my blog due to another myriad of details in serial numbers, printing small mishaps and a variety of odd features that one good collector should be looking for. There are quite a few websites dealing with details that escape the most trained eye and once we get to follow what is attractive to the market, our collected items become attractive even for exchange or keepsake.I hereby present a few of my 10 dollars' bills for yourreference and appreciation. Try to seek the numbers and additional printing features in each of them.

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16 Aug 2022

A BRIEF HISTORY OF ANTICOUNTERFEITING EMPLOYED ON MPC

Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

I would like to piggy back on AC Coins blog and bring up another feature that is used as anti-counterfeiting on my MPC notes. Angel, yesterday was showing us a note he has snagged with little animals stamped on it. I will be talking about a feature our government added to these notes on purpose.

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15 Aug 2022

Series 2017 $20 FRN "marked"

Paper Money-U.S. | AC coin$

US $20 FRN Series 2017 # NF 31750353 AAs we try to become more aware of the markings and unusual features in our currency we certainly can find many oddities looking closer.Some items in US circulated paper-money might present markings or "tiny" symbols stamped at any correr or nearby lettering or numbering for each bill. These markings, tiny drawings or ink stamped symbols are often seen in pale colors and intense hues as well.Interest and attraction towards notes with this sort of feature are now part of the specific search items for many eager collectors nationwide and everywhere. Some US bills are sold at high prizes according to their proceedings or due to the mystery attached to the symbol found in them.

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14 Aug 2022

SMALL BUT MIGHTY

Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

This Prisoner of War, POW chit, has a tremendous amount of USA history associated with it even though it is tiny in size. It is for the canteen in Hawaii used to house prisoners of war during World War II.

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11 Aug 2022

Series 2013 US $1 FRN

Paper Money-U.S. | AC coin$

Usually, most collectors try to find oddities and specific features within printed versions of paper-money. Some notes tend to fall under the common circulating samples, some catch the eye of the beholder one way or the other.My Series 2013, serial number L 60033535 S one dollar FRN shown here is the sample of an intriguing (in my opinion) bully bill launched by the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank "L12" and is the "S" run within the alphabet of a line for that note. One can take knowledge and get surprised due to the meaning of that S in modern US coinage. However, every time the Federal Reserve Bank runs a bill and prints it, that specific last letter of the note's serial number changes. Each letter brings 832 possibilities.I tend to look mostly all the time for oddities and opportunities that currency might bring. Regardless of its normality, this "greenback" I have chosen for my blog is baptized within my collection as "full San Francisco." Thanks for reading my blog and, please do comment about it.

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