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09 Oct 2018

Mr. Ray Williams - Colonial Paper/Currency Presentation

Paper Money-U.S. | Numismatics with Kenny

Mr. Ray Williams, a very active ANA member and District Representative, was very nice to come to our Delaware Coin Club meeting in Wilmington, DE to give a presentation on Colonial Currency. As with all of our monthly presentations, I created a video. Here it is and I hope you enjoy it.

17 Aug 2018

My Thoughts On The Guide Book Of US Paper Money (basically a review)

Paper Money-U.S. | Jonas's Coins

Today I will be sharing my opinions and reviewing The official guide book of United States Paper Money. The book is written by Arthur L. And Ira S. Friedberg.

13 Aug 2018

Gift of a star note

Paper Money-U.S. | Bush Bush Numismatics

Every year for Christmas our Great Grandpa hands us a ten dollar bill. Well this last year he gave us a ten dollar bill and a two dollar bill. It was so cool so I just kept looking at it. Then, my brother took a look at it and compared it to his. The only difference was mine was a star note! My brother got very jealous of the gift I received, so he tried to buy it off of me with candy and toys. When I got home that night to look to see how much my star note was worth. My particular note was worth forty dollars! And now I have a very valuable star note but I didn’t have holder for it. Now I am a coin collector but I don’t have very many paper money holders so I asked my brother for a holder, and he told me because I didn’t give him the star note he wasn’t going to give me one of his many extra holders to keep it safe. So then he put it with the rest of his notes. But finally I got my own folder so now my star note two dollar bill that my great grandpa gave me on the afternoon of Christmas Day lays in a binder of coins in its folder in a box under my dresser safe and sound and protected from the harsh environment of the outside world.

10 Aug 2018

The Currency Of The EMPEROR Of The United States Of America

Paper Money-U.S. | Jonas's Coins

In today's blog, I will be talking about the currency issued by the Imperial Government of the United States, which was run by Emperor Norton the First. Before we go further, I assure you this is not a joke. PMG will grade the currency he issued. So, who is this Emperor Norton???

26 Jun 2018


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Below is my example of a Confederate States of America $20 note. It is classified as a Type-67 or Criswell-507. Both of these are numbers to classify all the variables of all the notes. There is also a PF number. In this case it is a PF-6. The PF number is a Fricke number system that uses 1 through the number of varieties for each type note. This Type-67 note has 42 varieties. My numbers indicate this note is a Series 3 with a Rarity of 3, meaning there is a population of 10001-50000 known. A very common note. Thought it was easy didn’t you?? One last thing. The plate position letter. “B’ for this one. That is where in the engraved plate this note was made from.

26 May 2018

FEBRUARY 15th, 1864

Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

The note pictured below is a 1864 Confederate State of America Fifty Dollar bill. It is dated February 17th, 1864 and printed by Keatinge & Ball of Columbus, South Carolina. It was printed on high quality bank note paper. The total number of genuine notes issued was 1,671,444. I say genuine notes issued because even though the serial number of all the notes lawfully released were printed with a machine as a way to bamboozle counterfeiters, they were counterfeited in huge volumes in Havana, Cuba. The back of the T-66 was printed with a blue back and a red overprint the colors varied depending on how much ink was placed on the plate. The front has a range of color. It ranges a dusky dark pink to light red, dark red and a deep dark orange-red. The dark red commands the highest price. This type note is fairly common in all grades.

15 May 2018


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Today I have something very special to share. Not only did I win this great example of a T-28 Confederate $10 bill but is a part of the Eric P. Newman Collection! Now I'm not a person that buys a coin or note because of the label but an Eric P. Newman, reasonably priced, is hard to pass up. Especially when I needed that Type number note. It is graded a very Fine 25 by PCCS. It probably would have graded higher but, as noted on the reverse label, Minor Stains, Small Mounting Remnant in UL Corner. I personally feel the E.P.N. logo overshadows all that. As you might be able to tell, he is one of my numismatic hero's. Anyway, Small mounting remnant refers to a little thing from stamp collecting called a hinge. It is a little flip like deal to put stamps in an album. A tiny piece glued to your stamp and the larger piece glued to the album page. This was sometimes used to mount currency, in the old days. The 'PF-7" refers to the Fricke number. The "Cr. 235" refers to the Criswell number. Both of these are different systems to denote the different varieties within the Type. In this case, Type -28, there are 10 different varieties. The PF-7 means there is a small number below the "A". This notes number is a 12. You can really get into these confederate notes. It helps fill my quest for VAM's.

02 May 2018


Paper Money-U.S. | Longstrider

Well, lately my wife and I have been very busy trying to liquidate our tax refund. We are doing this by bidding on auctions. We have been very, very lucky and fruitful at this. Too much so. I have been concentrating on Civil War era currency and tokens. I will be putting some up today and in the future. I hope I don't bore you with this historic time. For now, I would like to start with a raw example of a cancelled $20 bill. I don't usually buy raw currency from the Civil War. The bills were widely counterfeited. One needs to study what to look for and buy from a trusted dealer. So I did both of those and ended up with this unique, I think, sample. I call it unique in that it was cancelled buy stamping two separate designs of holes in the bill. They look like two intersecting roads. I haven't seen this design before. It is easiest to see if the bill is held up to the light. It is dated September 2, 1861 and is redeemable "six months after the ratification of a treaty between the Confederate States and the United States". The bill features an allegorical design representing Industry seated between a winged Cupid holding a staff of Mercury and a beehive behind her. This also represents Industry. Beehives are a favorite of mine. On the right side is Hope leaning on an anchor with a palmetto plant behind her. Then is the required portrait of Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy. Some examples have a CSA watermark. This one does not. The reverse is blank. There are more details on the front of this bill. They are all done in the beautiful vignette style. Although this is a common type note, there are many different varieties. That helps the VAM guy in me. Thanks for looking. Please feel free to comment.

25 Apr 2018

2013 $10 Low Serial # Star Note

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

Hi Numismatic Community! Lately I've gotten into the habit of checking my serial #'s of paper currency just for fun! Also a cost effective way to collect some neat bills.


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