fanned out dollar bills

Welcome to the world of currency collectors who are happy to pay serious bread for unusual serial numbers printed on dollar bills.

Most people don’t notice these eight numbers on their money. I certainly never did until the Fiscal Times informed me “Fancy serial numbers can go for tens of thousands of dollars depending on the rarity of the combination,” at which point I grabbed my wallet and swiftly scanned my scruffy small bucks collection.

A current winner released on October 8 is a $100 bill with a “Fancy” serial number of 00000001. Anyone lucky enough to find this bill can expect to pull in $10,000 to $15,000 for it. Needless to say a bill that size rarely puts in an appearance around here.

Repeated numbers such as 66666666 can make their owners more than $3000 richer. Ladder numbers in sequence – such as 23456789 – are juicy finds too, going for $1300. Lower on the price totem pole are repeaters – notes with 2 repeated number blocks such as 31123112.

On a high flier can purchase a three note bill set totaling $35 with serial number K00000000A for a bargain price of $16,500. Buyers with more limited funds can spring for a set of nine $5 bills with serial numbers #E00000011 through #E00000099 for $1,800.

It takes only seconds to check out the numbers on money bills passing in and out of our hands all day. SOMEONE has got to have those desired numbers. So happy hunting…

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