Pull out your wallet and check your dollar bills—really, really check them. You may just find some of your cash is actually worth more, well, cash.
Before you spend that $1 bill in your wallet, do a little research. You may be sitting on a lot more cash than you think.
Coin and currency collectors are willing to pay up to $150,000 in search of rare $1 bills with a particular printing error from the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Two batches of $1 bills were printed, one in 2014 and another in 2016, that feature this particular error, and the bills went into circulation before the mistake was found.
In November 2014, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing sent a request to its Washington DC facility to print a batch of dollar bills. In July 2016, the exact same request was sent to the Fort Worth facility.
This miscommunication resulted in dollars printed with duplicate serial numbers, technically counterfeiting their currency. Typically, every bill in circulation has a unique serial number to identify it.
Collectors at CoolSerialNumbers.com created a list of the most-wanted serial numbers—and they’re willing to pay dollars for your dollars.
Apparently, collectors are really into what they call “fancy” serial numbers, which are unusual or special serial numbers. You can view the full list by visiting the website, but here’s a shortened version of the kind of numbers they want:
- Seven repeating digits in a row on $1 bills (i.e., 18888888, 59999999)
- Seven of the same number on $1 bills (i.e., 99909999, 00010000)
- Super repeaters on $1 bills (i.e., 67676767)
- Double quads on $1 bills (i.e., 44440000)
- Super radars on $1 bills (ie: 01111110, 80000008)
- Serial numbers 99999991-99999999 – any size/type/denomination
- Serial numbers X0000000, X0000001, and X9999999 – any size/type/denomination
Collectors enjoy showing off their finds, whether it’s an old Babe Ruth baseball card or a 1928-dollar bill. You can find some old currency in museums or even in the treasury itself. A piece of American History lies in each bill printed and a coin minted. The value of a dollar may have sure changed over the course of many years, but the hard work it takes to earn one will always be understood.
So, take a few moments and check your old piggy banks for those rare dollar bills. And then look for those collectors willing to pay hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of dollars for it!
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